International News

France: Calling for ‘tobacco-free generation’, Macron boosts cancer research funds

Macron announced a 20% increase in funding over the next five years to combat a disease that remains the leading cause of death among French men and the second among women. The French president promised to expand awareness campaigns, step up cancer screening and improve support for patients coping with the long-term effects of cancer...

World Cancer Day: know the facts – tobacco and alcohol both cause cancer

On World Cancer Day, marked on 4 February, WHO/Europe is focusing on the need to minimize exposure to both alcohol and tobacco. While many people understand the risks of developing cancer associated with smoking, many remain unaware that alcohol also causes cancer. “This is not only a problem of public awareness, it is a sign...

Ukraine: Imperial tobacco loses appeal on antimonopoly committee of ukraine fine

The Pivnichny (Northern) Economic Court of Appeals on February 2 rejected the complaint of Imperial Tobacco Ukraine and Imperial Tobacco Production Ukraine against the decision of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMCU) on a fine of UAH 460 million on suspicion of anti-competitive concerted actions of cigarette manufacturers and distributors. “Imperial Tobacco Ukraine and Imperial...

India: Tobacco taxes too low to control smoking

Karnataka's example shows that strictly enforcing existing laws could be a better answer, says study Smoking is a public health issue in India, with 100 million adults using products such as cigarettes and beedis. One tool the government has is taxes. But a study from Karnataka shows taxes are uneven and too low to limit...

What happens when Big Tobacco’s pandemic donations tangle with Philippine politicians drafting new laws?

Major tobacco firms have long used corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities to cosy up to government officials and policy makers across the world. In the Philippines, pandemic donations have been made at a time when an industry-friendly vaping bill was being pushed in Congress. Image: Eco-Business A recent industry-friendly bill could undermine recent tobacco control...

India: Strengthening Tobacco Control Laws for an India After COVID-19

Earlier last month, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare placed in the public domain the ‘Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2020‘ for pre-legislative consultations. If passed by parliament, it will be one of the first laws with significant...

Turkey: Smoking, alcohol make COVID vaccines less effective

Smoking, drinking have negative effect on body's immune system, may reduce effectiveness of vaccines, says doctor Smoking and drinking depress the immune system and so could reduce the effectiveness of vaccines for illnesses such as the flu and coronavirus, according to a senior Turkish physician. Dr. Cevdet Erdol from the Health Sciences University in the Turkish...

Australia: Smoking causes half of Indigenous Australian deaths over 45, study shows

Researchers call for more spending and shift in health messaging after discovering figures were underestimated by more than 50%. Smoking-related illnesses cause half of all deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the age of 45, accounting for 10,000 premature preventable deaths in the past decade alone, a new study has found. On average,...

The Epidemic That Kills Over Eight Million People

The Government of Jamaica has drafted a Tobacco Bill, which will be introduced and debated in Parliament in the coming weeks. The bill aims at protecting Jamaicans from the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to smoke. We expect a robust discussion from the deliberations of a Joint Select Committee of Parliament and...

Bangladesh: Call for amending tobacco control law to ensure public health safety

Strong measures need to be taken for reducing tobacco use and turning Bangladesh into a tobacco-free country by 2040, say anti-tobacco campaigners  The existing tobacco control law of the country is not adequate and it should be amended in order to save the public from the harmful effects of tobacco products, according to experts. Anti-tobacco campaigners...