UK Department of Health invites former BAT executive Kenneth Clarke to speak on “Trade for Better Health”

Kelley Lee London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine In an email invitation to its “Health is Global, Partners Forum”, held on 22 November 2012, the UK Department of Health expressed pleasure that The Right Honourable Kenneth Clarke QC MP (Minister without portfolio and Trade Envoy) would speak on Trade for Better Health. The one-day meeting […]

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Global tobacco treaty meetings marred by industry interference

This article is republished from Citizen News Service under a Creative Commons License. Original link: http://www.citizen-news.org/2012/11/global-tobacco-treaty-meetings-marred.html Governments to industry: you’re not welcome The global tobacco treaty negotiations concluded on 17th November 2012 after a week of Big Tobacco’s attempts to derail, distract, and intimidate 175 countries from strengthening lifesaving measures required by the public health […]

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Clouding the UK policy debate on plain packaging

  Kelley Lee Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House In July 2012, Japan Tobacco International (JTI) launched a campaign against the UK Department of Health’s consultation on the plain packaging of tobacco products.  The UK is one of JTI’s top five markets worldwide and there are fears that the UK, and potentially […]

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The Australian High Court and the Marlboro Man: the plain packaging decision

By Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University The High Court of Australia’s ruling on the plain packaging of tobacco products is one of the great constitutional cases of our age. The ruling will resonate throughout the world – as other countries will undoubtedly seek to emulate Australia’s plain packaging regime. Having announced its ruling some weeks […]

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European Parliamentary Committee and Japan Tobacco: a violation of article 5.3 of the FCTC?

Andrew Rowell and Anna Gilmore Bath University, UK   On 17 September 2012, the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control held a public hearing on tobacco smuggling under the auspices of its Hercule III programme. Hercule III’s primary operational objective is to improve ‘the prevention and investigation of fraud, smuggling and counterfeiting, especially of cigarettes, […]

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Tasmania: leading the way towards an endgame for smoking

Kathryn Barnsley, University of Tasmania The island state of Tasmania off the south coast of Australia has a population of around 500,000 and has high smoking rates, and lower socio-economic status, compared to other states in Australia. Over the past fifteen years Tasmania has implemented a range of legislative reforms designed to reduce tobacco use. […]

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Stub It Out: a New Media Resource to Support an Innovative Cessation initiative

Nathan Cowie, Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Auckland. 12 September 2012 Stub It Out is a free game developed for Apple’s iPad by a small multidisciplinary team at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.  The game was released on the App Store last month.  The game is designed to be a resource […]

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Obituary: Dr Weng Xin Zhi, China’s “Grandfather of Tobacco Control” (1919-2012)

Judith Mackay, World Lung Foundation 28 August 2012 The pioneer of tobacco control in China has died at the age of 93. In 1984, Doctor Weng Xin Zhi published the first national adult smoking survey, the landmark study awakening the Chinese government to the enormity of the tobacco problem. It was also published in English, […]

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Child labour and the tobacco industry in Pakistan

Thanks to our colleagues from The Network for Consumer Protection, Pakistan who provided the information and video in this post. (www.thenetwork.org.pk) This video shows children in northwest Pakistan preparing tobacco leaves to be sent for drying. Children as young as five years old also work in tobacco farming, where they are vulnerable to poisoning from […]

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