Global Smokefree Partnership 2009 Status Report
Global Voices: Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air
On 10 November 2009, the Global Smokefree Partnership launched its 2009 status report, Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air. The theme for the report is tobacco industry interference.
Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air is the first report to detail the tobacco industry’s tactics to hold back legislation, alongside the positive impact of governments, organizations and individuals who are taking on Big Tobacco, and winning.
The biggest barrier to smokefree air is the multinational tobacco companies who stand to lose billions of dollars if smokefree laws are implemented. From fake “science” to buying influence, and from scare stories to cover-ups, tobacco companies continue to devote their considerable wealth to stopping smokefree laws in every region of the world.
Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air is being released at a critical time. In late 2008, world governments agreed to a series of FCTC guidelines based on the recognition that tobacco company interests are fundamentally incompatible with health, welfare or “good causes.” These guidelines outline governments’ responsibilities under Article 5.3 of the FCTC on tobacco industry interference. They are expressly designed to stop Big Tobacco’s dirty tricks. The guidelines are essential to winning the battle for smokefree air.
By highlighting the story of those countries that have successfully worked for smokefree air since the adoption of the Article 8 guidelines, Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air is a testimony to the surge of the smokefree movement and of the Article 8 guidelines’ importance in the development of these measures.
To download the Global Smokefree Partnership’s 2008 report, Rebutting the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air , please visit: http://www.globalsmokefree.com/gsp/index.php?section=artigo&id=109.
Exposing the Evidence - Women and Second Hand Smoke in Europe
As highlighted in this report, there is currently very limited sex and gender specific information on SHS exposure both within and across countries in Europe. Few, if any, programmes have been developed which take a gender-sensitive approach to addressing SHS in public and private places. These and other issues and concerns identified in this recently published report form the basis for the recommendations for future action identified in the final section.
Danish Cancer Society
A group under the auspices of the Danish Cancer Society completed a study of the available literature on the additives in tobacco products. The group investigated 249 compounds which Danish tobacco companies have reported using. The literature studied was drawn from scientific databases and from the open archives of the tobacco industry itself.
The study confirms the use of compounds which increase addiction, compounds which make smoking easier for beginning smokers as well as compounds which are directly damaging to health or which increase the damaging effects of smoke.
The comprehensive report on the study is being used by the Danish Ministry for Health and Prevention and has become an important document in the EU’s policing of additives. The report is in Danish and comprises 425 pages. The attached document is an abbreviated version in English.
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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2008
On 7 February 2008 the WHO released new data showing that, while progress has been made, not one single country fully implements all key tobacco control measures and outlined an approach that governments can adopt to prevent tens of millions of premature deaths by the middle of this century. This new report which presents the first comprehensive analysis of global tobacco use and control efforts, states that only 5% of the world’s population live in countries that fully protect their population with any one of the key measures that reduce smoking rates. It also reveals that governments around the world collect 500 times more money in tobacco taxes each year than they spend on anti-tobacco efforts. It finds that tobacco taxes, the single most effective strategy, could be significantly increased in nearly all countries, providing a source of sustainable funding to implement and enforce the recommended approach, which is a package of six policies called MPOWER. The six MPOWER strategies are: monitor tobacco use and prevention policies; protect people from tobacco smoke; offer help to quit tobacco use; warn about the dangers of tobacco; enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; raise taxes on tobacco.
Policy recommendations on protection from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
Scientific evidence has firmly established that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS), a pollutant that causes serious illnesses in adults and children. There is also indisputable evidence that implementing 100% smoke-free environments is the only effective way to protect the population from the harmful effects of exposure to SHS. In light of the above experience, the World Health Organization (WHO) makes these recommendations to protect workers and the public from exposure to SHS.
Status report on Oral Tobacco
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Second-hand Smoke (SHS) Markers
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Eurobarometer: Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco
This Eurobarometer report entitled "Attitudes of Europeans towards tobacco" was commissioned by DG SANCO.
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