S. Korea seeks to extend healthy life expectancy with higher tobacco, liquor prices

28 January 2021 Jung Ji-sung and Cho Jeehyun, Pulse South Korean government has vowed to extend the country’s healthy life expectancy to 73.3 years by 2023 by bringing down smoking rate and alcohol consumption with higher price tags. The Ministry of Health and Welfare released a three-year national health promotion plan on Wednesday, which include […]

Strengthening Tobacco Control Laws for an India After COVID-19

1 February 2021 The Wire 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 […]

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

2021 Lina Sagaral Reyes, Eco-Business The Philippines’ biggest tobacco company channeled its Covid-19 aid through several lawmakers in Congress who proposed industry-friendly rules for novel tobacco products in the country, checks by Eco-Business have found. The industry-friendly bill proposed by these lawmakers could undermine recent tobacco control efforts in the country, and create conducive conditions […]

Dr. Tabaré Vázquez

We are deeply saddened by the passing of the former President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, Dr. Tabaré Vázquez.  The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) community would like to express our deep admiration and gratitude to a great human being and an exceptional global leader who leaves an invaluable mark […]

PAHO laments the death of former Uruguayan president who fought the tobacco industry

December 6, 2020 Author: Pan American Health Organization Dr. Tabaré Vazquez was named an Americas Public Health Hero Washington, DC, December 6, 2020 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) marks with great sadness the passing of former Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez, who was distinguished in 2018 as a Public Health Hero of the Americas for his […]

What does Brexit mean for UK tobacco control?

2 December, 2020 Author: J. Robert Branston, Deborah Arnott, Allen W.A.Gallagher Abstract In January 2020 the UK left the European Union (EU), although a transition period extends EU rules/regulations until the end of 2020 while a longer-term relationship agreement is negotiated. After almost 50 years of membership the UK economy is tightly integrated into that […]

Report calls out tobacco industry for interference

August 17, 2020 Authors: Jeckonia OtienoStandard Media A new report accuses the tobacco industry of perpetual meddling in tobacco control efforts. The report by Consumer Information Network (CIN) lists seven ways in which it accuses the industry of interference. Among the ways include the industry’s involvement in policy development, corporate social responsibility, tax regime, unnecessary […]

The first report of tobacco industry interference index in Eastern Mediterranean countries: the experience of Iran based on Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 5.3

2020 Authors: Gholamreza HeydariEuropean Respiratory Journal Abstract Background: Tobacco industry interference (TII) is one of the biggest obstacles to comprehensive enforcement of tobacco control legislation and article 5.3 of WHO FCTC is a guideline to counter tobacco industry interference. The aim of this study was to create a national plan against TII in Iran. Methods: This was […]

tobacco industry Interference Index: Implementation of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Article 5.3 in India

May 12, 2020 Authors: Aastha Chugh, MSc, Shalini Bassi, MSc, Gaurang P. Nazar, PhD, Upendra Bhojani, PhD, Cyril Alexander, MSW,Pranay Lal, MSc6, Prakash C. Gupta, DSc, and Monika Arora, PhD Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health: DOI: 10.1177/1010539520917793 journals.sagepub.com/home/aph

The Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control 2019-2025: focusing and intensifying efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

November 11, 2020 WHO FCTC This week would have been the week of the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) with the global tobacco control community gathering in The Hague, the Netherlands for this important occasion. This of course is no longer possible due to […]