Strong smoke-free provisions enacted over industry objections
Jul 30, 2015
Uganda has joined the growing movement to reduce tobacco use in Africa by enacting a comprehensive tobacco control law. A key provision of the law requires 100 percent smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces and public transport and also prohibits smoking within 50 meters of all public places. This provision and others faced strong opposition from British American Tobacco Uganda, which lobbied policymakers to provide for designated smoking areas.
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Chile Is Region’s Latest Country to Enact Tough Measures
Apr 18, 2013
Thanks to strong government action to reduce tobacco use, the tobacco industry's outlook in Latin America is dimming according to new analysis by Euromonitor International, a strategy research group for consumer products.
The analysis cites the example of Chile, which recently became the 14th Latin American country to go smoke-free. In February, Chile implemented a comprehensive tobacco control law that makes restaurants, bars and other public places smoke-free; restricts tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and prohibits the use of additives, including menthol, in tobacco products.
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Russia is latest country to take strong action
Mar 15, 2013
As smoking has declined in higher-income countries, multinational tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International have targeted low- and middle-income countries as their main opportunities to increase sales and profits.
Now, these countries are fighting back by enacting strong measures to reduce tobacco use and save lives, and Wall Street analysts are taking note. Writing in Forbes, analyst Charles Sizemore concludes, "Though enforcement varies from country to country, there is really no such thing as a 'tobacco friendly' country anymore. Everywhere you look, the noose is getting tighter."
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New law makes Chile region’s 14th smoke-free country
Feb 8, 2013
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera has signed a new law that requires all enclosed public places to be smoke-free and includes marketing restrictions and other measures to reduce tobacco use. The new law continues Latin America’s rapid progress in fighting the tobacco epidemic and makes Chile the region's 14th country to go smoke-free.
The law's smoke-free requirement applies to all enclosed public spaces, including restaurants, bars, nightclubs, casinos and stadiums throughout the country. The law also bans smoking on live television before 10 pm and restricts tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
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A step forward in nation of "smoking baby" and severe epidemic
Nov 9, 2011
Indonesia's Constitutional Court has upheld critical tobacco control related aspects of the country's 2009 Health Law, affirming that tobacco is indeed addictive and making it clear that pictorial warnings on cigarette packs are required and not just optional.
The ruling came on a challenge to the law backed by tobacco companies, which are politically powerful and have aggressively fought efforts to reduce tobacco use. The Indonesian government has lagged in implementing the law, bowing to the clout of tobacco interests.
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