After U.S. scandal, JUUL develops new market in the Philippines

February 27, 2020 After suffering a backlash in the US for allegedly being responsible for a “vaping epidemic,” e-cigarette giant JUUL Labs expands its market internationally. They have met privately with Philippine policy makers and the medical community. Read more: Rappler

New plain cigarette packs a landmark achievement for Canada

February 19, 2020 A historic public health achievement took place on Feb. 7, when all tobacco products sold in retail stores were required to be in plain packages. The measure comes into effect after a long battle with the tobacco industry. While the idea of plain packaging might be new to many Canadians, it is […]

Tobacco companies owe Russia $500 mio

February 10, 2020 Philip Morris International (PMI) paid RUR 243 bln ($3.8 bln) to the Russian budget in taxes additionally charged for 2015, 2016 and 2017 after an inspection by the Russian Federal Tax Service. This amount includes penalties and interest. In 2017, tax authorities discovered evidence of tax base erosion ahead of a tobacco excise duty hike. It was […]

How South Africa struggles against Big Tobacco

February 3, 2020 South Africa, although hailed as one of the most prosperous economies on the African continent, remains a country of missed opportunities. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) once again made this clear in its consultations with the Treasury, urging the government to implement reforms to tackle weak growth as well as deteriorating fiscal and […]

SUPRO demands withdrawal of government’s share from British American Tobacco

January 30, 2020 Campaigning for Good Governance (SUPRO) on Thursday demanded the government to withdraw its 9.49 percent share from British American Tobacco Bangladesh (BATB), terming the investment a contradiction to the Constitution. SUPRO, a national network of grassroots NGOs in Bangladesh, also said that the investment contradicts the goal set by government to make […]

A cigarette ban: Could it happen in India? NGOs are working to make it a reality.

December 3, 2019 Two non-government organisations (NGOs) are in the process of moving an appeal before the Supreme Court for India to enact a cigarette ban, in the wake of the Government’s prohibition of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).  Read more: Health Issue India

136 Countries Now Have Tobacco Control Policies; Progress Slow on Smoking Cessation Services

July 26, 2019 The last decade has seen dramatic progress in the fight against tobacco, with some 136 countries having implemented policies such as smoking bans in public places, higher taxes or graphic packaging on tobacco products. But there is a huge unmet demand for services to help smokers quit, a critical intervention that lags […]

India heightens efforts to protect health policies against tobacco industry vested interests

On 24 June 2019, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued a letter signed by Additional Secretary Sanjeeva Kumar, to all state governments in India, underlining India’s obligation under the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 to protect public health policies from the commercial and vested interests of the tobacco industry; hence, any form of collaboration […]