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WHO elections

Physician’s letter in Lancet casts new shadow on Tedros WHO bid

The physician who leads the Africa Tobacco-Free Initiative published an open letter in The Lancet speaking out against the candidacy of Tedros Adhanom to become director general of the World Health Organization. He raised questions about the Ethiopian government’s deal-making role in a tobacco industry at odds with global health goals. Ashall references Ethiopia’s sale of shares in its National Tobacco Enterprise in 2016, a U.S.$510m deal overseen by two Ethiopian ministers and celebrated as an inroad into the Ethiopian market by Japan Tobacco International. This deal falls foul of the WHO Framework on Tobacco Control, and ‘as a former health minister aiming to become DG of WHO Tedros should have spoken out publicly against this tobacco deal,’ Ashall said

May 20, 2017
Africa Times

Promoting health through the life course

Big tobacco leaves huge ecological footprint - WHO

Tobacco growing causes massive harm to the environment through extensive use of chemicals, energy and water, and pollution from manufacturing and distribution, WHO said. The United Nations agency called for the tobacco industry to compensate for its products that contribute to greenhouse gases blamed for climate change, but gave no estimate of damage. The ecological footprint goes far beyond the effects of cigarette smoke, WHO said in its first report on tobacco’s impact on the environment. “From start to finish, the tobacco life cycle is an overwhelmingly polluting and damaging process”

May 30, 2017

Parental smoking linked to genetic changes in kids with cancer

Parents who smoke may constitute to the genetic changes in their kids that are associated with the most common type of childhood cancer, a recent study suggests. The study links smoking by both parents to specific genetic changes in tumour cells of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

April 6, 2017

Non communicable diseases

FDA plans to reduce nicotine in cigarettes to non-addictive levels

Nicotine levels in cigarettes could be reduced to non-addictive levels, according to new plans set out by the US regulatory body. The Food and Drug Administration announced a roadmap to reduce deaths from tobacco, and tobacco-related disease. According to the body, more than 480,000 deaths in the US are caused by tobacco every year

July 28, 2017
The Guardian

Tobacco companies interfere with health regulations, WHO

Cigarette manufacturers are attempting to thwart government tobacco controls wherever possible, even as governments make progress regulating the products, a new WHO report has found. World health officials also warn that tobacco companies have moved their fight to the developing world, where smoking rates are predicted to rise by double digits in the coming decades

July 19, 2017
The Guardian, Deutsche Welle
July 20, 2017
Economic Times
July 19, 2017
United Nations, Reuters

WHO report finds dramatic increase in life-saving tobacco control policies in last decade

The latest WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. About 4.7 billion people – 63% of the world’s population – are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure, which has quadrupled since 2007 when only 1 billion people and 15% of the world’s population were covered

July 19, 2017
World Health Organization
July 20, 2017
Economic Times
July 19, 2017

Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty

The world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company is deploying its vast resources against international efforts to reduce smoking. Internal documents uncovered by Reuters reveal details of the secret operation. Reuters has found that Philip Morris International is running a secretive campaign to block or weaken treaty provisions that save millions of lives by curbing tobacco use. In an internal document, the company says it supported the enactment of the treaty. But Philip Morris has come to view it as a “regulatory runaway train” driven by “anti-tobacco extremists” – a description contained in the document

July 13, 2017
Reuters, Business Insider

France to become one of priciest countries in Europe for smokers

France will raise the price of cigarettes to 10 euros (£8.8) a pack within three years, the health minister said, confirming a strategy that will push tobacco costs to among the highest in Europe. At present, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly 7 euros in France, well below the roughly 10 euros charged in Britain and Ireland. "France is one of the slowest learners in the world on smoking," the minister, Agnes Buzyn, said. "Big price rises will be needed to have an impact on public health"

July 6, 2017

Dutch bank bans loans to tobacco industry on health grounds

The decision by ABN Amro, which has six millions customers worldwide, is the first by a major bank in The Netherlands. The bank’s decision came as it announced a new partnership with the National Heart Foundation in the fight against smoking, which kills some 20,000 people every year in the country of 17 million. The move also stops any new investment in the tobacco industry

July 6, 2017
The Guardian

Vaping teens more likely to take up regular cigarettes

Adolescents and young adults who try e-cigarettes are more than three times as likely to take up smoking traditional cigarettes as their peers who haven`t tried the devices, a research review suggests. "E-cigarette use among teens and young adults could increase the future burden of tobacco by creating a new generation of adult smokers who might have otherwise not begun smoking," said lead study author Samir Soneji

June 26, 2017

Occasional smokers who vape smoke more cigarettes

Tobacco companies have been selling electronic cigarettes as a way to wean smokers off paper cigarettes, but a new study suggests the strategy could backfire. The report in Preventive Medicine found that young adults who occasionally smoked conventional cigarettes smoked more of them if they also used e-cigarettes. “The participants who were vaping ended up using more cigarettes. It’s actually a risk factor for increasing their cigarette use,” lead author Neal Doran said

June 19, 2017

Health experts call for more action on tobacco control

Health experts and stakeholder organisations in Ghana have declared a seven-point plan of action to be taken by the government on tobacco control, the reduction of its usage and its effect on non-communicable diseases and premature deaths. The actions place emphasis on the promotion of partnerships, building of capacities of different stakeholders to advocate, support and monitor progress on tobacco control as part of the Sustainable Development Goals implementation effort

June 18, 2017
Business Ghana

Worldwide, more than 10 percent of young teens are smokers

Roughly 11 percent of youth aged 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco products like cigarettes and cigars, a global survey of students suggests. Tobacco use is the world’s leading cause of preventable death and serious illness, killing an estimated 6 million people each year, researchers note in the youth tobacco report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most smokers take up the habit in their teens

June 16, 2017

U.S. youth tobacco use in 2016 fell by largest amount in 6 years

Youth tobacco use in the United States fell to historic lows in 2016, leading public health experts to speculate that a smoke-free generation may be within reach. The number of middle and high school students who used any tobacco product fell to 3.9 million in 2016 from 4.7 million in 2015, figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show, the first such decline since the CDC began reporting the measure in 2011

June 15, 2017

Kenya launches guidelines to reduce tobacco use

In Kenya recent surveys estimate that there are two and a half million adult tobacco users, which translates to over 13% of the population, and 14% of the population are exposed to second hand smoke at home so these new guidelines provide up-to-date measures for the entire healthcare system to promote the alleviation of tobacco use through offering dependence treatment and cessation services

June 5, 2017

16 pc tobacco-related deaths taking place in India: Survey

A new global study into deaths from 55m deaths per year linked to smoking says that 9m tobacco-related deaths each year occur in India and the number is set to rise higher in the next decade. This number reflects a higher mortality rate than from other diseases such as TB, HIV/Aids and malaria combined

June 2, 2017
The Statesman

Indonesian tobacco bill would open tap for ads aimed at kids, health official says

A proposed Indonesian tobacco law will roll back regulations to discourage smoking in a country that already has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and additionally open the floodgates to advertising aimed at teenagers, a health ministry official said. If the bill is passed companies will no longer have to put grim pictures on cigarette packs of lung cancer or other diseases linked to smoking

June 1, 2017

Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives

Michael Bloomberg makes the case for far more investment in healthcare and time in policy making to be directed at non-communicable diseases which make up 67% of all deaths, yet only received 1% of healthcare spending. One reason for the lack of attention is people blame a victims’ personal negligence or genetics, but that does not mean the outcome is inevitable. Bloomberg suggests ‘measure scale of the problem,’ ‘obesity prevention,’ ‘ tobacco control’ and ‘road safety’ as being areas which his new Partnership for Healthy Cities hopes to start to tackle

May 31, 2017

China struggles to kick world-leading cigarette habit

An estimated 316m people in China, almost a quarter of the population, smoke and concerns are growing about the long-term effects on public health and the economy because a decade long study says 59% of all smokers have no plans to quit. Despite major cities moving to ban public smoking, there has only been a modest cigarette tax increase back in 2015. Rising prosperity makes cigarettes more affordable so low taxes reinforce this and more smoke. There is a sense that China is falling behind due to lobbying by its state-owned tobacco monopoly who wants to postpone efforts to toughen tobacco policies

May 31, 2017

Cigarette taxes touted by WHO as one of the best ways to cut smoking

Tobacco taxes are one of the most effective ways to cut smoking rates, and one that countries are failing to take full advantage of, WHO said, adding, more than 7.2m people die from tobacco related diseases each year, with 80% of them living in low and middle income countries. Imposing an 80% price increase per pack globally could generate an additional $141bn, which would offset to some small degree some of the costs incurred treating people with smoking-related diseases each year

May 30, 2017
June 3, 2017
Business Ghana

How tobacco, death and taxes are intrinsically linked

Tobacco is killing millions of people every year, the Hindustan Times says ‘it is time to connect the dots, improve law enforcement and wean both tobacco cultivators and users away from the product.’ India banned food from being served in smoking areas in all restaurants. Minors will not be allowed in smoking zones, which now need to carry a clear Dante-like warning at the door declaring those entering the fumy room risk health and life. There’s a need for raised taxes and then upgraded regulation and enforcement to crack down on potential smuggling, plus cessation services for smokers

May 27, 2017
Hindustan Times

World No Tobacco Day: Smoking robs your wallet, health – Cansa

Cansa South Africa said over 20% of cancer deaths worldwide are due to tobacco and that cigarettes cause over 18 types of cancer. It is not just the smoker who increases the risk of disease, but also people exposed to second hand smoke. Cansa said ‘the tobacco industry produces and markets products that kill millions prematurely. It robs household finances of cash that could have been used for food and education and imposes healthcare costs on families, communities and countries"

May 22, 2017
Boksburg Advertiser

Smoking 'Light' cigarettes may increase lung cancer risk

A new study indicates that smokers using ‘light cigarettes,` for their lower levels of tar or nicotine, need think again. They are at an increased risk of developing a certain form of lung cancer that develops deep in the lungs, adenocarcinoma. The claims by cigarette manufacturers that they are safer are just plain wrong, as the holes in the cigarette filters mean smokers inhale more smoke

May 22, 2017
Business Standard

Pro-tobacco group takes prime space to praise govt crackdown on NGOs

An Indian NGO called the Federation of All India Farmer Association (FIFA) describes itself as ‘a non-profit federation whose mission is to support the farming community in India and create a sustainable future for farmers.’ In its latest ad hoarding campaign it has taken billboards outside the Health Ministry praising the action of the ministry in taking action against some NGOs, which it says take foreign cash and who pressurise Indian farmers. In this case it is backing the action of the ministry in moving against Public Health Foundation of India for allegedly lobbying against tobacco and violating foreign funding norms

May 20, 2017
Indian Express

Philippines' tough public smoking ban gets broad support

A Philippine ban on smoking in public places received broad support as anti-tobacco activists hailed it as a victory and some smokers said they were now prepared to kick the habit. Even the industry lobby group, the Philippine Tobacco Institute said it supported the regulation and acknowledged the health objectives

May 19, 2017

Philippines' Duterte gets tough on tobacco with ban on smoking in public

President Duterte signed an executive order banning smoking in public across the second-most populous country in Southeast Asia, one of the region’s strictest anti-tobacco laws. The ban which covers a maximum penalty of four months in jail, covers both indoor and outdoor smoking. It also covers existing bans on tobacco advertisements, promotions or sponsorships

May 18, 2017

Billionaire Bloomberg to fund $5m public health projects in 40 cities worldwide

The Guardian reports on Michael Bloomberg’s Partnership for Healthy Cities. Bloomberg was appointed as the World Health Organization’s ambassador for NCDs last year. And now he is taking his philosophy and his cash to about 40 cities so far offering technical support for cities which choose to focus on one of 10 healthy lifestyle issues including, curbing sugary drinks consumption, air pollution, promoting exercise and bans on smoking

May 16, 2017

Tobacco consumption epidemic reaches alarming level

The epidemic of tobacco consumption has reached alarming levels in Indonesia, where more than one-third of the country population are smokers. The fast rising number of cases of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco consumption now pose a serious threat to the sustainability of the National Health Security Programme in Indonesia, the health minister said. Some 20% of teenagers between the ages of 13 and 15 smoke and unhealthy lifestyles of smoking, alcoholic drinks and sugary drinks are creating a slow burning health crisis in the country

May 16, 2017

NHS could save £67 million a year if smoking rates cut

Cancer Research UK said the NHS would save some £67m a year if the UK can cut by half the number of people who smoke. The UK is projected to have a smoking rate of 10% by 2035, with a marked difference between the most deprived groups (15% of whom are expected to smoke) and the wealthiest (whose rate is expected to be just 2.5%). Cutting the rate to 5% nationally by 2035 would save millions in direct NHS and social care costs but also £548m in additional revenue

May 16, 2017
Pharma Times

‘8 million Nigerians risk death from smoking’

About 8m Nigerians are estimated to be at risk of dying from smoking by 2030, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) warned. Citing WHO statistics and the Nigerian Global Adult Tobacco Survey, they lamented the poor enforcement of the existing Tobacco Control Act 2015 and expressed fear over the growing number of young people taking to smoking  

April 24, 2017
Nigerian Tribune

Global smoking deaths up by 5% since 1990 - study

The percentage of men and women who use tobacco every day has dropped in most nations since 1990, but the total number of smokers and tobacco-related deaths has increased, a consortium of researchers reported. Mortality could rise even higher as tobacco companies aggressively target new markets, particularly in the developing world they warned in a report published in The Lancet

April 5, 2017
Yahoo News Singapore, The Guardian
April 6, 2017
Indian Express

Indonesia tobacco bill would fire up output despite health fears

Indonesia’s parliament has proposed a draft law that could lead to a sharp increase in tobacco output, in a country which is already a top producer with one of the heaviest rates of smoking in the world. Health Minister, Nila Moeloek, said ‘her ministry definitely opposes the tobacco bill as it has the responsibility to safeguard the health of the people’

March 15, 2017

Communicable diseases

Australia wins landmark WTO tobacco packaging case - Bloomberg

A landmark Australian law on restrictive tobacco packaging has been upheld at the WTO after a five year legal battle, report Bloomberg. The news is a blow to the tobacco industry as such a ruling from the WTO has been widely anticipated as giving a green light for other countries to roll out similar laws  

May 5, 2017

WHO Calls for China's National Ban on Smoking

WHO officials told the Chinese that economic dividends from China’s tobacco industry are a false economy and at odds with the government’s Healthy China 2030 vision. The cost of tobacco use in china in 2014 amounted to a staggering 350bn yuan ($57bn), a tenfold increase since 2000. This increase is due to more people being diagnosed with tobacco-related illnesses and increasing healthcare expenditure. When you factor in productivity losses from premature deaths the figure is even higher, said the UN report

April 16, 2017
Women of China
April 18, 2017
The Sun Daily, China Daily

Senegal - anti-smoking league is partnering with a trade union to highlight the consequences of ...

The Ligue Senegalaise Contre le Tabac (Listab) and the Confederation Nationale des Travailluers du Senegal are building a strong alliance to collaborate in a campaign to spread an anti-smoking, pro-health message throughout the population in northern Senegal

April 6, 2017
Le Soleil Senegal

Railways asked to reject ads of junk food

With the Indian Railways planning to brand trains and stations to augment revenues, the Union Health Ministry has asked it not to allow advertisements of products which may have a negative effect on health. The Health Ministry said the initiative could be used to promote alcohol, foods with high fat content, sugar and salt and sweetened beverages. Ads for these products could increase the problem of NCDs in India and lead to more cost and premature deaths

April 5, 2017
The Hindu
April 3, 2017
The Telegraph India
April 4, 2017

Tobacco treaty has helped cut smoking rates, but more work needed

A global tobacco treaty put in place in 2005 has helped reduce smoking rates by 2.5% worldwide in 10 years, researchers said, but use of deadly tobacco products could be cut even further with more work on anti-smoking policies. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control analysis over the last ten years saw those countries which have fully implemented more FCTC measures obtain significantly greater reductions in smoking rates

March 21, 2017

Poor, minority neighborhoods have more tobacco-selling shops per capita

Neighbourhoods in the U.S. which have a high proportion of black residents, or the highest poverty levels, tend to have the greatest density of stores selling cigarettes and tobacco products, researchers say in a new study. Poverty explained some of the link, as did an urban planning concept, which sees a proportion of the homes which are rented versus owned homes accounting for most of the link

March 16, 2017

Japan’s tobacco lobby seeks to head off indoor smoking ban

A Japanese plan to ban indoor smoking in public places before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, bringing the country in line with most of the developing world, is facing fierce resistance from the country’s powerful tobacco

March 5, 2017
Financial Times

Experts urge BD using tobacco surcharge to combat NCDs

At a recent meeting with stakeholders in Dhaka, the Bangladesh government was urged to adopt a 1% health development surcharge on tobacco products to fund policies to prevent the most common non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic lung diseases

March 2, 2017
Observer Bangladesh

Business groups, once tobacco-friendly, switch sides in fight

Reuters reports that many local chamber of commerce groups in the United States are ‘switching sides’ when it comes to smoking rules, driven by a growing awareness that smoking drives up healthcare costs for employers and that broader wellness initiatives, such as promoting exercise and nutrition, can improve productivity within the business

February 28, 2017