Mar 23, 2016
A committee of Indian parliamentarians heavily influenced by the tobacco industry has recommended that increased graphic health warnings championed by the Ministry of Health be reduced in size. India’s Daily Mail called the committee’s report “an unabashed manifesto of the tobacco industry.”
The Indian government is set to implement the new, larger graphic health warnings covering 85 percent of all tobacco packs on April 1 as allowed by the country’s law regulating tobacco products. But the arguments from the group of parliamentarians — heavily influenced by the tobacco industry — have cast doubt on full implementation of the warnings.
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Jul 14, 2015
In a significant victory for public health, the Republic of Moldova has passed a bold and comprehensive law aimed at reducing tobacco use and its devastating consequences. The new law was enacted despite years of opposition from the tobacco industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The new law will help Moldova fulfill its obligations under the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first public health treaty. Key provisions will ...
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New warnings will be among world’s largest
Feb 19, 2015
Pakistan has announced that it will require large, graphic health warnings on all tobacco products, better informing its citizens about the deadly consequences of tobacco use.
Effective March 30, tobacco products in Pakistan must bear warning labels covering 85 percent of tobacco packaging.
With this bold move for public health, Pakistan joins India, Nepal and Thailand as the fourth country to introduce warning labels of at least 85 percent, signaling a strong commitment to reducing the death and disease caused by tobacco use.
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77 countries and territories now require them
Oct 14, 2014
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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Costa Rica has taken another important step to protect public health from the terrible toll of tobacco use
Sep 22, 2014
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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Second article suggests agency undercut itself
Dec 23, 2013
In November, researchers published a study that concluded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had seriously underestimated the impact that graphic warning labels would have in reducing smoking rates in the United States. Now, another prominent researcher is arguing that the FDA's economic analysis grossly overestimated the cost to the economy of requiring such labels because of the amount of weight that was given to the "lost pleasure" people would experience if they were not smoking.
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Big step for country where 43 percent of adults use tobacco
May 10, 2013
Overcoming more than four years of delays and strong tobacco industry opposition, the Parliament of Bangladesh has enacted a new law that significantly strengthens the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco use.
The new law is a major step forward in a country where about 43 percent of adults use tobacco, with high rates of both cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco use.
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More than 60 countries now require them
Nov 14, 2012
Consumers around the world are learning the deadly truth about smoking thanks to the growing adoption of large, graphic cigarette warnings.
Sixty-three countries and territories now require graphic warnings, an 85 percent increase since 2010, according to a report released today by the Canadian Cancer Society. Altogether, these countries have more than 40 percent of the world’s population. A few countries on the list, including the United States, are still implementing their graphic warning requirements.
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New progress in global fight against tobacco
Oct 8, 2012
Marking major victories in the global fight against tobacco, Ukraine and Sri Lanka have announced the implementation of graphic warning labels to be required on all cigarette packs sold in these countries.
Sri Lanka will join Australia and Uruguay in implementing some of the largest graphic warnings in the world, covering 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packages. In Ukraine, warning labels were implemented last week and now cover 50 percent of all cigarette packs.
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Setting an example for the world
Sep 18, 2012
Uruguay has some of the world’s strongest laws to fight tobacco use, and a new study published in The Lancet medical journal shows the nation’s efforts have dramatically reduced smoking.
Since 2005, Uruguay has implemented a series of strong measures to reduce tobacco use. These include a comprehensive law requiring smoke-free workplaces and public places, a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorships (except at the point of sale), and several tobacco tax increases.
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Ads produced big jumps in quitline calls, website visits
Aug 30, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that its unprecedented anti-smoking ad campaign — Tips from Former Smokers (TIPS) — motivated hundreds of thousands of smokers to seek help quitting.
The 12-week campaign, which ended June 10, featured the real stories of former smokers who are suffering the debilitating health effects of their tobacco use.
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New York Times criticizes ruling against new cigarette warnings
Aug 28, 2012
An editorial in The New York Times harshly criticized the court ruling last week that struck down the graphic cigarette warnings required by Congress under a 2009 law.
In a 2 to 1 ruling, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday found that the new warnings violated the First Amendment rights of tobacco companies. The majority opinion ignored the significant scientific evidence demonstrating that graphic warnings are most effective at communicating the health risks of smoking, discouraging children and other nonsmoker from starting to smoke and motivating smokers to quit.
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As U.S. appeals court weighs case, Canada forges ahead
Apr 10, 2012
As an appeals court in Washington heard arguments today on the tobacco industry's lawsuit to block graphic cigarette warnings in the United States, an editorial in The New York Times called the suit a "bogus challenge" that is all too typical of tobacco industry tactics.
"The tobacco industry has never been bashful about fighting back against attempts to regulate the promotion of its deadly, addictive products," the Times wrote. "The latest is an effort to derail new regulations requiring large health warnings on cigarette packages by making baseless First Amendment claims."
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Say latest legal challenge is another bid to push deadly product
Aug 29, 2011
Newspapers around the country have reached their own verdict on the latest tobacco companies' lawsuit challenging the new, graphic cigarette pack warning labels required under the 2009 law giving the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco.
The decision: Big Tobacco is guilty again.
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WHO says more progress needed to fight tobacco epidemic
Jul 7, 2011
More than a billion people in 19 countries are now protected by laws requiring large, graphic health warnings that cover at least half of cigarette packs — nearly double the number that were exposed to these warnings in 2008.
The World Health Organization's Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2011, finds that nations are making significant progress in implementing warning labels and other measures to reduce tobacco use. But progress must be accelerated to reverse a tobacco epidemic that will otherwise kill one billion people worldwide this century.
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Media coverage of graphic labels prompts surge in quitline calls
Jul 5, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration's new, graphic warning labels for cigarette packs already have started working: Calls to the 1-800-QUIT-NOW number that appears on the warning labels spiked the day the images hit the media, and call volume stayed unusually high for a week.
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New, bold warning labels for cigarette packs prod smokers to quit
Jun 21, 2011
The Food and Drug Administration has unveiled nine bold, graphic health warnings that will be required on cigarette packs and advertisements beginning in September, 2012.
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HHS to announce large, graphic cigarette pack warnings
Jun 20, 2011
Tomorrow, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will announce its nine final choices for large, graphic health warning labels for cigarette packs that are required by the new law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority to regulate tobacco products. The new warnings represent the most significant change in U.S. cigarette warnings since they were first required in 1965.
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