USA: Chamber Works Globally to Fight Antismoking Measures
JUNE 30, 2015: A parliamentary hearing was convened here in March to consider an odd remnant of Ukraine’s corrupt, pre-revolutionary government.Three years ago, Ukraine filed an international legal challenge against Australia, over Australia’s right to enact antismoking laws on its own soil. To a number of …
Big Tobacco: Why Smoking Is Not Going Away
May 8, 2015:The decline of smoking and tobacco use in the United States over the last 50 years is well-documented. The fact that smoking in America is at the lowest it has been in the last 50 years has reportedly saved over 8 million lives, and the decreasing use of tobacco products has been heralded as a public health victory.
Brazzaville Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control in the WHO African Region (April 2011).
We, the Ministers of Health and Heads of Delegation of the WHO African Region declare that:
NCDs prevention and control strategies, guidelines, policies, legislations, regulatory frameworks including the WHO FCTC, should be developed and implemented to protect individuals, families and communities from unhealthy diets; harmful use of alcohol; tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; unsafe food; violence and injuries; advertising of unhealthy products; and infections responsible for certain types of cancers
Zimbabwe Daily – Tobacco: The noose is tightening
JUNE 6TH, 2015: SINCE Sunday – which itself was ominously the World No Tobacco Day – this has been a thoroughly unpleasant week for the tobacco industry: Stakeholders have had to digest unpalatable news both from the domestic front and the international markets.
WHO FCTC article 5.3: promise but little progress
2014: Six years after the Third Session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted strong implementation guidelines for the treaty’s Article 5.3,1 that article’s promise for protecting tobacco control policymaking from tobacco…
BBC News: Tobacco firms challenge plain packaging law
May 22, 2015: Two of the world’s biggest tobacco companies have challenged the legality of the UK government’s plain packaging regulations.
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris filed legal objections at the High Court in London on Friday.
They claim that the new rules are illegal because they take away their trademark intellectual property.
Ukraine drops WTO action against Australian tobacco-packaging laws
JUN 3, 2015: (Reuters) – Ukraine has suspended a case it was pursuing through the World Trade Organization aimed at overturning Australia’s strict tobacco packaging laws, a WTO panel of adjudicators said in a statement published on Wednesday.
USA: Views on trying to change the tobacco industry: health justice and marginalisation of tobacco companies
2006: During a film-making project in Malawi in March 2003, I spent the day with a Philip Morris executive visiting tobacco industry-funded social responsibility projects in Malawi.1 Listening to the executive talk to tobacco farmers about the benefits…
This report – Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report – provides an international overview ranking 205 countries/ jurisdictions based on warning size, and lists those that have finalized requirements for pictorial warnings. Regional breakdowns are also provided. This report is in its fifth edition, with the fourth edition dated September 2014.
Evidence from tobacco industry documents reveals that tobacco companies have operated for many years with the deliberate purpose of subverting the efforts of the World Health Organization (WHO) to control tobacco use.
This technical resource presents information to support the implementation of the Article 5.3 Guidelines by sharing practical action steps and best practices and examples applicable to the implementation of Article 5.3.
This document describes the spectrum of tobacco industry practices that interfere with tobacco control and provides Parties to the WHO FCTC the background and contextual information that may assist in implementing the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 guidelines.
Tobacco industry and corporate responsibility … an inherent contradiction
This document has been developed by WHO’S Tobacco Free Initiative, pursuant to WHA Resolution 54.18, Transparency in Tobacco Control Process, that “calls on WHO to continue to inform Member States on activities of the tobacco industry that have negative impact on tobacco control efforts”.
The Development of Philip Morris’s position on environmental tobacco smoke for its website
This paper focuses on the development of Philip Morris’s position on Environmental Tobacco Smoke [ETS] for its websites. It also addresses how Philip Morris set out to develop the content and format of its websites to communicate with opinion leaders and the general public in a way that would enhance the company’s image.
Tobacco Industry Targeting of Women and Girls
The tobacco companies have long understood the importance of women and girls in the overall market for cigarettes and as a source of new customers. They have developed some of the most aggressive and sophisticated marketing campaigns in history for reaching and influencing women and girls.
Tobacco industry documents, research on the effect of the cigarette companies’ marketing efforts on kids, and the opinions of advertising experts combine to reveal the intent and the success of the industry’s efforts to attract new smokers from the ranks of children.
Point of sale (POS) advertising and promotions refer to a variety of marketing practices, including signs on the interior and exterior of retail stores, functional items like counter mats and change cups, shelving displays, and coupons and other price discounts that reduce the price for the consumer.
To block the rigorous enforcement of effective federal, state, or local laws to prevent illegal sales of tobacco products to youth, the tobacco industry regularly claims that its own voluntary “anti-youth-access” programs will adequately protect against such sales to kids. But those voluntary programs are inherently flawed….
The big tobacco companies have initiated massive public relations campaigns to persuade government policymakers and the public that they are now responsible corporate citizens. Central to this effort are the tobacco companies’ claims that they do not market to kids. But they are lying.
Philip Morris (Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Benson & Hedges): “Marlboro’s phenomenal growth rate in the past has been attributable in large part to our high market penetration among young smokers … 15 to 19 years old . . . ”
The tobacco industry documents: What they are, what they tell us and how to search them. A practical manual
This is a manual about the tobacco industry documents released by US-based tobacco companies as a result of lawsuits filed against them in the USA.
The FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference
The Union’s FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference provides step-by-step guidance on the key legislative and policy elements of a strategy to safeguard laws and policies from tobacco industry interference.