E-cigarettes aren’t a solution — they’re part of the problem

I hesitated to share this commentary on the TC blog as I know anyone who questions the efficacy and safety of e-cigarettes is tarred and feathered as a “quit-or-die” prohibitionist before the “ink” even settles on the page. But, as many online commentators have discussed the perceived positive effects of recent e-cig promotion by celebrities, […]

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A proposal of effective complementary measures to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [FCTC]

Luka Solmajer, a tobacco control advocate and pharmacist from Slovenia shares his views on why the economic aspects of tobacco control need urgent action. ________________________ In the year 2010 over 5,000,000 people died because they were addicted to tobacco products. They lost on average 9 years of life and several more years of good health […]

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Tobacco Control publishing workshop in South Africa

By Ruth Malone, Editor When the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was being negotiated several years back, I was among many others around the world who were impressed with the unanimity and power exerted by the African countries’ delegates. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is in many respects because of strong […]

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Turkish “Sponge” leaves hotline busy signals

By Stephen Hamill Online Communications Manager World Lung Foundation Leveraging a unique law that allows for free prime-time advertising for anti-tobacco ads, Turkey has adapted and launched the hard-hitting “Sponge” campaign, originally produced by the Cancer Institute New South Wales in Australia. The campaign, on both radio and television, is the first to feature Turkey’s […]

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Abuse of libel laws and a sacking: The gagging of public health experts in France

Success in tobacco control will not happen without public health champions speaking freely and honestly to the public. As professor Gérard Dubois explains below, there is real danger these voices are being silenced. ———– Gérard Dubois MD MPH Public Health. University hospital. 80000 Amiens. France As is happening in the UK, France is beginning to […]

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Polluter pays – increasing funding for global tobacco control

In the August 2010 issue of Tobacco Control, Cynthia Callard wrote an enlightening article on just how uneven the playing field is in tobacco control. She compared the 2008 total revenues of the five major tobacco companies that control 90% of the global market as compared to the total amount spent on global tobacco control. The […]

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