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."
WASHINGTON, DC (March 13, 2013) – While cigarette smoking has been declining in the United States, cigar sales have more than doubled since 2000, driven by an explosion of cheap, sweet small cigars that entice kids, according to a report released today by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Tobacco companies have a long history of secretly adding things to their products that could make them more addictive, appealing or harmful.
Add another example to the list: Bloomberg News reported today that some of Cheyenne International’s cigars have a filter containing sepiolite, a clay material used in kitty litter.
WASHINGTON, DC – How low can the tobacco industry go? Thanks to one U.S. tobacco company, some Americans are now smoking kitty litter.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 28, 2013) – A study published today by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a significant increase in awareness and use of electronic cigarettes, which are not currently regulated by any government agency to protect public health.
The Java Jazz festival kicks off this Friday in Jakarta, Indonesia. It's one of the largest annual music festivals in the world, and concert promoters have spent the last few months promoting the stars who will perform. But they've promoted tobacco even more.
What are the biggest words on Java Jazz's official poster and billboards? It's not "Java Jazz." It's not the names of star performers. It's a brand of cigarettes made by Djarum, the tobacco company sponsoring the music festival.
WASHINGTON, DC – Reynolds American Inc. has launched a campaign, including a new web site by its R.J. Reynolds subsidiary, claiming it is a changed company that is "transforming" tobacco. But the tobacco giant’s actions don’t show change, but more of the same.
New Zealand plans to become the second country to require that cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. New Zealand’s government announced today that it will introduce legislation requiring plain packaging, following the lead of Australia, which implemented its plain packaging law in December 2012.
The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is launching a new campaign and web site – called Tune Out Tobacco – urging musicians to reject tobacco industry sponsorships of their concerts.
As smoking declines in many developed nations, the tobacco industry is targeting low- and middle-income countries, and Africa is a prime target for the industry’s deadly products.
WASHINGTON, DC — In a win for kids and public health, a federal judge has upheld sensible restrictions adopted by the city of Providence, Rhode Island, that prohibit tobacco companies from luring kids with cheap and sweet tobacco products.
The deadly truth about smoking is plainer than ever in Australia starting on December 1.
Australia becomes the world’s first country to require that all cigarettes be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. Cigarette packs will now bear only the brand name and the world’s largest health warnings, which cover 75 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of the pack.
As countries around the world adopt strong policies to reduce tobacco use, tobacco companies are turning to a new tactic to fight these measures: Challenging them as violations of international trade treaties.
WASHINGTON, DC – A federal judge today ordered tobacco companies to admit that they have deliberately deceived the American public and finally tell the truth about their deadly and addictive products and fraudulent marketing.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study published in the journal Tobacco Control provides alarming evidence that smartphone applications are an emerging means of marketing cigarettes to kids.
Philip Morris International (PMI) has scored a well-deserved nomination to Corporate Accountability International's 2012 Corporate Hall of Shame for its legal bullying of countries that have adopted strong measures to reduce tobacco use.
The world's largest multinational tobacco company with billions of dollars in profits at its disposal, Philip Morris in recent years has used lawsuits and international trade disputes to fight bold tobacco control policies in Australia, Norway, Uruguay and other countries.
Earlier this year, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and our partners issued a report showing how tobacco companies have enlisted convenience stores as their most important partners in marketing cigarettes and other tobacco products – and in fighting policies to reduce tobacco use.
Thanks to some of the world’s weakest tobacco control laws, Indonesia continues to be the target of rampant, unrestricted tobacco marketing, including industry-sponsored concerts that are banned in the United States and many other countries. Unfortunately, popular international musicians continue to perform at these concerts, helping tobacco companies market their deadly and addictive products to Indonesia’s youth.
The backpacks have been aired out, the supplies purchased, pencils sharpened, and the kids are now back to school. With young people being away from home and parental supervision, however, moms and dads need to be vigilant.
An editorial in The New York Times calls on elected officials and the Food and Drug Administration to close tax and regulatory loopholes that tobacco companies have exploited to keep some products cheap, flavored and appealing to kids.
"Give the tobacco industry credit for ingenuity," the Times wrote. "Just when it looked as if federal regulators could block their ability to addict children and young adults, several companies that make cigars and pipe tobacco have sidestepped the barriers by taking advantage of loopholes in federal law."
Delivering an historic victory in the global fight against tobacco, Australia’s highest court has upheld the world’s first law requiring that all cigarettes and other tobacco products be sold in plain packaging, free of colorful logos and other branding. The High Court rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry, allowing Australia to move forward with requiring the plain packs starting on December 1.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new survey results last week showing that youth cigarette smoking continues to fall, but it had troubling news about cigars.
A new report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that tobacco companies are manipulating their products to avoid taxes and regulations aimed at reducing smoking, undermining the fight against the nation’s leading cause of preventable death.
In particular, tobacco companies have mislabeled roll-your-own tobacco as pipe tobacco and increased the weight of many cigars to escape higher tobacco taxes imposed by a 2009 federal law. By keeping the prices of these products low, tobacco companies are attracting kids and keeping smokers hooked.