The Illicit Cigarette Market in Six South African Townships (2020)

Authors: Kirsten van der Zee et al. Abstract Background: We estimate the size of the illicit cigarette market in low socioeconomic areas in South Africa before and after a tax increase. In 2018, the real excise tax increased by 3% and the value-added tax (VAT) rate increased from 14% to 15%. Thus, the real tax on […]

Tobacco Control in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: The Urgent Requirement for Action (2020)

Authors: Jawad Al-Lawati and Judith Mackay The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic, and contains measures to reduce the demand for tobacco as well as reducing its production, distribution, availability and supply. Currently, 19 of the 22 Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries are […]

Complaint to the European Ombudsman (2014)

This is a complaint about the European Commission’s failure to properly implement the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Article 5.3 and the accompanying guidelines. Article 5.3 states that decision-makers should “. . . act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance […]

“A phony way to show sincerity, as we all well know”: tobacco industry lobbying against tobacco control in Hong Kong (2004)

Authors: John Knight and Simon Chapman Abstract Objective: To examine the tobacco industry’s efforts to influence public policy and block the legislative process on tobacco control in Hong Kong, 1973 to 1997. Method: Systematic review of relevant tobacco industry documents made public via the Master Settlement Agreement. Results: The tobacco industry in Hong Kong has sought to manipulate the policymaking […]

Tobacco Advertisement, Promotion and Sponsorship Ban Enforcement Index at Sales Points in Panama (2017)

Authors: Victor Hugo Herrera et al. Abstract Introduction: We assess the tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) ban enforcement in sales points in Panama in 2017. Methods: A nationwide observational survey to assess TAPS ban enforcement in sales points was conducted and involved retail sale in non-specialized stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating according to […]

Industry Sponsored Youth Smoking Prevention Programme in Malaysia: A Case Study in Duplicity (2004)

Authors: Mary Assunta and Simon Chapman Abstract Objective: To review tobacco company strategies of using youth smoking prevention programmes to counteract the Malaysian government’s tobacco control legislation and efforts in conducting research on youth to market to them. Methods: Systematic keyword and opportunistic website searches of formerly private internal industry documents. Search terms included Malay, cmtm, jaycees, YAS, and direct […]

Point-of-Sale Marketing of Heated Tobacco Products in Israel: Cause for Concern (2019)

Authors: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher Abstract Understanding how PMI markets IQOS at the point-of-sale in Israel is critical to determining whether marketing practices adhere to regulations and appeal to groups most at risk at initiating new tobacco products, such as adolescents. An article by Bar-Zev, Levine, Rubinstein, Khateb, and Berg (2019) examined the marketing of IQOS in retail […]

Representation and Misrepresentation of Scientific Evidence in Contemporary Tobacco Regulation: A Review of Tobacco Industry Submissions to the UK Government Consultation on Standardised Packaging (2014)

Authors: Selda Ulucanlar et al. Abstract Background: Standardised packaging (SP) of tobacco products is an innovative tobacco control measure opposed by transnational tobacco companies (TTCs) whose responses to the UK government’s public consultation on SP argued that evidence was inadequate to support implementing the measure. The government’s initial decision, announced 11 months after the consultation closed, […]

The Tobacco Industry’s Challenges to Standardised Packaging: A Comparative Analysis of Issue Framing in Public Relations Campaigns in Four Countries (2018)

Authors: Ross MacKenzie et al. Abstract Tobacco industry public relations campaigns have played a key role in challenges to standardised cigarette packaging. This paper presents a comparative analysis of industry campaigns in Australia and the United Kingdom, which have implemented standardised packaging legislation; Canada, where policy has been adopted but not yet implemented; and the Netherlands, […]