The Tobacco industry’s latest scam: How Big Tobacco is still facilitating tobacco smuggling, while also attempting to control a global system designed to prevent it.

by AB Gilmore, A Rowell, University of Bath The major tobacco companies are acting as corporate chameleons, spending millions on make-overs, trying to convince the world they have changed. But shattering this expensive illusion is the latest evidence (published this week in Tobacco Control) uncovering one of their greatest scams: not only are tobacco companies […]

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Philip Morris agreement with Spanish police: undermining the FCTC?

On 29 October, Philip Morris Spain signed an agreement with the Spanish police to fund equipment including underwater cameras, night vision systems, and scanners for verifying authentication and tracking of tobacco products. The agreement also includes support during inspections and seizures of counterfeit products to assess possible illegal activities regarding the entire production and distribution […]

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Tasmania: Legislation drafted to implement a Tobacco Free Generation

Kathryn Barnsley Breathe Well, Centre of Research Excellence for Chronic Respiratory Disease and Lung Ageing, University of Tasmania In 2012 we reported that Tasmania was leading the way towards an endgame for smoking, by developing mechanisms for implementing the Tobacco Free Generation proposal (TFG). Those who are familiar with the Tobacco Free Generation proposal by […]

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China’s investment in Africa: consequences for tobacco control?

    Sue Lawrence, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Recently, China’s economic growth recently may have fallen below its expected 6% rate, but it is more of dip than an indication of decline. Its pursuit of new markets is likely to continue undeterred (1) and this may have spillover effects for tobacco control. […]

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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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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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