Big Tobacco crashes at first legal hurdle on plain packaging

This post first is republished from The Conversation. By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney This morning Australia’s High Court dismissed the plain tobacco packaging case brought against the Australian government by the world’s largest tobacco companies. The companies had challenged the government’s new law – due to be fully implemented from December 1 this year. […]

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Hey buddy, got a light?

Most smokers are happy to light a stranger’s cigarette, but what if that stranger was a child? Watch this and see what happens… http://youtu.be/-u-rhnV4l08 As a colleague noted, the best part about this video is that it turns the “kids shouldn’t smoke” message on its head. I completely agree. It is well established that the […]

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Indonesia: a paradise for the tobacco industry

In the Journal this month, Editor, Ruth Malone, highlights how “Indonesia not only permits but abets and encourages some of the most aggressive tobacco advertising in the world, including tobacco advertisements featured on police traffic kiosks.” Watch the revealing video below to see just how the industry is exporting its most aggressive strategies, those no […]

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No longer a normal business

Ruth Malone, Editor Something was new and exciting in the air at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Singapore last week: a ramped-up visibility of the problem of the tobacco industry vector. One must wonder whether the industry may have misjudged in so aggressively challenging in the courts Australia’s decision to implement plain […]

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Confronting the tobacco industry

Yesterday’s opening plenary at the WCTOH 2012 was simply dynamite – one of the best sessions I have attended. (The only downer being that that the ballroom isn’t big enough to accommodate all conference attendees.) Health ministers from Turkey, Uruguay, Australia and Norway took part in an exciting and inspiring panel discussion on how they […]

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