Thailand leads the way with graphic health warnings

Thailand has long been at the forefront of tobacco control in Southeast Asia. On 8 March 2013, it took another step forward when the health minister Dr Pradith Sinthawanarong signed a regulation requiring 85% pictorial (graphic) health warnings on cigarette packs. Current pictorial warnings are 55%. The regulation is expected to take effect in approximately six […]

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Good news despite the profit increase: analysis of BAT 2012 preliminary results

Pascal Diethelm OxyRomandie, Switzerland On 28 February 2013, British American Tobacco (BAT) published their preliminary results for 2012 and issued an accompanying news release in which the chairman of BAT expressed his satisfaction that BAT was able to deliver “strong profit growth in 2012, achieved through good pricing and an outstanding improvement in operating margin”. […]

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US Food & Drug Administration appoints new director of Center for Tobacco Products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Mitchell Zeller, J.D., will assume the role of director of the Center for Tobacco Products on March 4, 2013. He will replace Dr Lawrence Deyton, who, as the first head of the Center for Tobacco Products, led the unprecedented charge by the FDA to implement […]

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Imperial Tobacco awarded for “social and economic contribution to Polish society”

Seems this business award committee forgot about all of Imperial’s sick, dying and dead customers. I wonder if the local community contributions included addicting children to tobacco and breaking up families? This latest award provides yet further evidence of the tobacco industry using corporate social responsibility programs to polish is tarnished image and avoid government […]

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New Zealand government to introduce tobacco plain packaging

The New Zealand government has announced it will introduce tobacco plain packaging. The announcement follows cabinet consideration of a public consultation process, held in late 2012, which received approximately 300 substantive submissions together with an additional 20,000 responses. The announcement puts New Zealand on track to become the second country in the world to introduce plain packaging. In […]

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Nicotine replacement therapy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

This article was originally published at The Conversation. The original URL is here. Ross MacKenzie, Macquarie University A study published in the latest edition of the journal Tobacco Control confirms what we’ve long suspected about nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): smokers don’t need to resort to these pharmaceuticals to quit. Researchers at the Harvard School of […]

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Same meeting, different day – FDA fails to make real change to tobacco product consultation

Following Ruth Malone’s earlier letter declining to be part of a “facilitated dialogue” with the tobacco industry sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FDA revised the schedule and invited her again to a meeting with public health, academic and government tobacco control leaders on the first day and invited tobacco industry […]

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Strengthening FCTC implementation: An overview from Seoul

Francis Thompson Framework Convention Alliance The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Conference of the Parties (COP) held its fifth session in Seoul, Korea from the 12th to the 17th of November 2012. There were a number of important developments, both in adopting new policy guidance for the 176 Parties to the FCTC and […]

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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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