E-Cigarette Use & Ads Aimed At Kids Threaten Tobacco Control Gains – On 15th Anniversary Of International Convention

Authors: Ren, G. & Fletcher, E.R., Health Policy Watch (March 3, 2020)              Download As the World Health Organization and WHO member states celebrate 15 years since the signing of the the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), the global uptake in e-cigarettes, as well as targeted advertising aimed at children and adolescents, threatens the worldwide gains […]

Menthol cigarettes are to be banned in 2020 – Here’s what you need to know

Author: Emma Munbodh, Mirror (March 9, 2020)                  Download New laws are set to come into force this May as part of the Government’s plan to stop smoking in the UK completely. Menthol cigarettes will be banned from UK stores, along with skinny cigarettes and flavoured rolling tobacco, from May 20, when the laws come […]

Juul Labs Sought to Court AGs as Teen Vaping Surged

Authors: Perrone, M. & Lardner, R., NBC 5 (March 9, 2020)                  Download Juul’s political action committee made thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to individual state attorneys general, according to records It was a blunt warning about the dangers of youth vaping: Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced late last month that his state […]

Government vows to protect health policy from Big Tobacco after Bureau investigation

Author: Madlen Davies, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (March 6, 2020)                 Download The government has pledged to defend public health policy from tobacco companies lobbying for relaxed regulations after Brexit. Last night the health minister Jo Churchill reiterated the government’s commitment to a landmark treaty that restricts contact with the tobacco industry during a parliamentary […]

Tobacco company fined for unlicensed distribution, advertisement of cigarettes at music festival

Source: CNA Asia (February 20, 2020)                  Download A tobacco company has been fined $15,000 for unlicensed distribution and advertisement of cigarettes at a music festival. Japan Tobacco International (Singapore) was one of the sponsors for the EDM festival – Ultra Singapore 2016, which attracted 45,000 people over two days. Regulations prevented those going to […]

Doctors hit back at ‘big tobacco’ bid to sell vaping products in Australia

Author: Dana McCauley, Brisbane Times (February 16, 2020)                  Download Doctors are fighting an application by global tobacco giant Philip Morris International to sell its “heat not burn” products in Australia, warning there is “no evidence” the product is any safer than smoking cigarettes. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Australian Medical Association […]

Tobacco industry has least influence on the UK, watchdog ranking reveals

10 October 2019Sarah Newey The first ever global index to track tobacco industry influence over public health policy has revealed that the UK is a world leader in efforts to curtail undue meddling. According to the report, published by the industry watchdog Stop (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products), the UK, Uganda, Iran and Kenya are the most […]

E-Cigarettes: Tobacco industry misinformation on e-cigarettes, a ‘real threat’, says WHO

1 August 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that e-cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful”, and warned that misinformation spread by the tobacco industry in claiming that they are “safer” constitute “a present and real threat” to public health. The tobacco industry has been aggressively marketing e-cigarettes as a less dangerous alternative to traditional cigarettes […]

Tobacco Ban on Facebook/Instagram must meet global standards

July 25 2019 – GGTC welcomes the Facebook / Instagram policy prohibiting users and groups from selling, transferring or gifting tobacco products including hookah, e-cigarettes, and tobacco paraphernalia; but finds that the policy falls short of global tobacco treaty standards. Based on the updated policy, tobacco companies and social influencers can still advertise “to those […]