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New Survey Shows Need for Kenya to Take Strong Action to Save Lives from Tobacco Use

Survey finds 2.5 million Kenyans currently use tobacco

Editor
Dec 2, 2014

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An estimated 2.5 million Kenyans — over 11 percent of the country’s adult population — currently use tobacco, according to the first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) ever conducted in Kenya. This smoking rate is the highest yet shown by a GATS survey in sub-Saharan Africa, underscoring the need for Kenya to take strong action to reduce tobacco use.

Kenya’s Ministry of Health released the survey results on November 28, highlighting the urgent need for the Kenyan government to fully implement the country’s tobacco control law and address rates of tobacco use that are sure to increase as the tobacco industry sets its sights on Africa.

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posted December 02, 2014

Protests Force Cancellation of Marlboro Concert Series in Bangladesh

Editor
Nov 24, 2014

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A recent report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and other public health organizations exposed how Philip Morris International is conducting a global marketing campaign — called Be Marlboro — that uses themes and images that appeal to youth.

Now Philip Morris has canceled a series of concerts in Bangladesh after health advocates protested that the concerts violated the country’s tobacco control laws and marketed cigarettes to kids.

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posted November 24, 2014

Big Tobacco Fined for Fueling Black Market in U.K.

Companies use bogus smuggling claims to fight tobacco control measures, then foster black markets themselves

Editor
Nov 17, 2014

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For years, the major tobacco companies have fought cigarette tax increases and other tobacco control measures by claiming they will spark massive increases in cigarette smuggling and black markets. But stories in The Wall Street Journal (subscription only), The Guardian and other media reveal that British American Tobacco (BAT), the world’s second largest multinational tobacco company, has been supporting — and profiting from — the same cigarette smuggling schemes that tobacco companies claim are caused by policies to reduce tobacco use.

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posted November 17, 2014

As Young Fans Enjoy World Series, Magazine Ads Link Baseball and Smokeless Tobacco

Huge tobacco ads placed in Sports Illustrated, ESPN magazine

Editor
Oct 28, 2014

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For millions of fans of all ages, October means the excitement of the baseball playoffs and World Series.

For tobacco companies, it means another opportunity to target kids by associating smokeless tobacco with baseball and other sports.

This month’s issues of the two leading sports magazines, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, have included huge, two-page advertising spreads for Grizzly, which is by far the most popular smokeless tobacco brand among youth ages 12-17. Grizzly is made by American Snuff Company, a subsidiary of tobacco giant Reynolds American.

 

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posted October 28, 2014

WHO Conference Recommends Nations Increase Tobacco Taxes To Save Lives

Tobacco taxes are proven to reduce tobacco use and raise revenue

Editor
Oct 17, 2014

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Meeting in Moscow on implementing the world’s first public health treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, country delegates from around the world have unanimously recommended that parties to the treaty increase tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco use and save lives.

The 179 parties to the treaty are legally obligated to raise taxes on tobacco products to reduce tobacco consumption.  The guidelines unanimously adopted this week will help parties meet this obligation.

Studies and experience from around the world show that making tobacco products more expensive by raising taxes is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use, especially among vulnerable populations such as youth, pregnant women and low-income tobacco users. Tobacco taxes are also an effective way for governments to generate revenue.

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posted October 17, 2014

New Report: Graphic Cigarette Warnings Spread Around World

77 countries and territories now require them

Editor
Oct 14, 2014

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The number of countries requiring graphic health warnings on cigarette packs is growing rapidly, according to a report issued today by the Canadian Cancer Society.

The report finds that 77 countries and territories have finalized picture warnings — up from 55 countries that had implemented by the end of 2012 and just one country — Canada — in 2001.

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posted October 14, 2014

Ahead of Global Meeting, Big Tobacco Seeks to Derail Progress on Life-Saving Tobacco Taxes

Tobacco industry-funded organization asks government representatives to attend private meeting before WHO conference

Editor
Oct 8, 2014

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A tobacco industry-funded organization is trying to gut life-saving efforts to raise tobacco taxes as countries prepare to discuss the issue at an upcoming World Health Organization conference on tobacco control, according to an article in the Financial Times (subscription required). The conference kicks off October 13 in Moscow.

The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), a Washington, DC-based organization, has asked government representatives from around the world to attend a private meeting shortly before the conference in an effort to undercut progress on tobacco tax increases.  According to the Financial Times, “all four of the major international tobacco companies, including British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International, are sponsors of the ITIC and have representatives on its board of directors.”

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posted October 08, 2014

Poisoning Cases Related to E-Cigarettes Keep Spiraling Upward

Incidents have increased tenfold since 2011, data shows

Editor
Sep 26, 2014

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Across the United States, poison control centers continue to report soaring numbers of accidental poisonings related to the nicotine liquid used in electronic cigarettes.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reports that, through August 31, there have been 2,724 calls so far this year involving exposures to e-cigarette devices and liquid nicotine.  That is up from 1,542 in 2013, 460 in 2012 and 271 in 2011.

These reports have spurred a growing call by public health organizations and members of Congress to require child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid products.

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posted September 26, 2014

Graphic Warnings Begin to Appear on Cigarette Packs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has taken another important step to protect public health from the terrible toll of tobacco use

Editor
Sep 22, 2014

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Costa Rica has taken another important step to protect public health from the terrible toll of tobacco use, which is the number one cause of preventable death worldwide.

Starting last week, pictorial warning labels are required on cigarette packs sold in Costa Rica.  The new warnings cover 50 percent of both the front and back of cigarette packs and feature gruesome images depicting the consequences of smoking, as well as text warnings.  Retailers and suppliers have a two-month grace period to sell their stock of old packs.

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posted September 22, 2014

Newspaper Editorials Laud CVS for Quitting Tobacco, Urge Other Retailers to Follow Suit

Editor
Sep 16, 2014

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On September 3, CVS Health announced that it has ended tobacco sales for good at its 7,700 retail pharmacies. In doing so, CVS sent a powerful message: Responsible retailers — especially those that provide health care through pharmacies and clinics – should not be in the business of selling cigarettes and other tobacco products, the number one cause of preventable death.

Newspaper editorials across the country have applauded CVS and called on other retailers to follow CVS's example.

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posted September 16, 2014

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