How to dramatically reduce smoking without banning tobacco sales

Micah Berman, Ohio State University Last November, the Board of Health for Westminster, a town in central Massachusetts, proposed prohibiting all tobacco sales – even e-cigarettes – in the town. Westminster’s three-person Board of Health said that the proposal was meant to protect the next generation from tobacco and nicotine products. The board expressed frustration […]

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Jamaica: United Way charity under pressure over tobacco industry links

Tobacco industry corporate philanthropy and social responsibility has been under the international spotlight recently with the revelation that the American Red Cross continues to accept tobacco industry donations, despite concerns of the International Red Cross that US Red Cross risks damaging the global reputation of the network. Accepting tobacco industry donations is particularly problematic for charitable […]

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Urgent action to amend Austria’s tobacco control laws

Prof. Manfred Neuberger writes: Since 2007 Austria has received the poorest score on the Tobacco Control Scale. While smoking prevalence and tobacco consumption decreased on average in the European Union, an opposite trend has occurred in Austria. Child smoking has increased dramatically since the 1990s. Cigarettes are available around the clock in thousands of vending […]

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Tobacco industry confronted with child labour

  By Laura Graen, www.forchangemakers.com In late 2014, the tobacco industry was confronted with the revelation of child labour on US tobacco farms, detailed in a well-researched 139 page report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The USA is not alone; most major tobacco producing countries use child labour in tobacco growing. In other words, […]

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India: Powerful ‘Voice of Tobacco Victims’ campaign wins BMJ health advocacy award

  Pankaj Chaturvedi, Prakash C Gupta, Sanjay Seth, Ashima Sarin Voice of Tobacco Victims Voice of Tobacco Victims Campaign (VOTV) was launched on 31st May 2009 by a dozen cancer survivors of Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai under the leadership of Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi. The campaign aims to make Tobacco Victims (cancer survivors and their relatives) […]

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Uganda: MP accuses British American Tobacco of blackmail

A Ugandan MP who has put forward a private members bill to reduce smoking in Uganda has accused British American Tobacco  (BAT) of blackmail. Dr Chris Baryomunsi revealed  he has received a letter from BAT advising that the company will stop doing business with farmers in his constituency because his bill  has meant existing arrangements are ‘increasingly […]

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#DortmundKills campaign: the legal, moral and ethical case against Inter-tabac Asia

As reported in News Analysis in the January edition of Tobacco Control, the Dortmund city-owned company Westfalenhallen Dortmund GmbH (Germany) is organising Inter-tabac Asia, a trade fair for the tobacco industry, to be held on the Indonesian island of Bali on 27 & 28 February. An international campaign against the event has attracted support from around the world, and […]

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Japan: Prime Minister appoints tobacco executive to board of national broadcaster

  Earlier this year, tobacco control advocates from around the world supported an effort by their counterparts in Japan to block a proposed appointment of Mr Katsuhiko Honda, former President of Japan Tobacco, to serve on the Board of Governors of NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster (Japan’s equivalent of the BBC). Unfortunately, the temporary success there […]

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Shadowy lobbying against Tobacco Products Directive

This post is republished with full permission from Tobacco Unpacked. A guest blog by Andy Rowell, research fellow at the Tobacco Control Research Group, University of Bath, and editor of TobaccoTactics.org Landmark TPD debated in Europe this week. Multi-million-pound lobbying campaign inflicted on Brussels by tobacco industry. This week is crunch time in Brussels for […]

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Eurovegas and the challenge to Spain’s smoke-free law: neoliberalism vs public health

  Aser García Rada, Madrid The Spanish law banning smoking in all public premises since January 2010 has become one of the greatest national public health achievements in decades. It modified a previous law from 2006 that banned smoking in enclosed working environments but allowed it in certain bars and restaurants. The tobacco lobby fought […]

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