Topic: Tobacco Industry

NEWS: UK: New Prevention Research Initiative

SPECTRUM, a new consortium for prevention research has been awarded £5.9 million funding from the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP). SPECTRUM research will focus on commercial determinants of health and health inequalities, considering alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food. Commercial determinants are strategies and approaches used by commercial companies to promote products and choices that are detrimental to health…

NEWS: AB InBev: New Chairman Hails From Big Tobacco

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev elects former CEO of Altria as its new chairman.Shareholders of Anheuser-Busch InBev elected the former top executive at tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. as its new board chairman. Martin J. Barrington was appointed by the annual meeting of the world’s biggest beer producer.
This selection is a clear message: AB InBev’s urgent need to unleash growth and create value for shareholders now combine more than ever both personally and institutionally with Big Tobacco’s playbook to systematically undermine, obstruct and oppose public health policy making and cast doubt about the scientific evidence concerning health harmful products and business practices…

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Exploring Global Industry Pressures on Health

At a recent event entitled ‘Global Health Outlook: Challenges and Implications for Sri Lanka’ hosted by the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) the speakers in attendance explored the linkages between health and global politics.In the discussion the extent to which addressing the health issues plaguing Sri Lanka requires diplomacy and international cooperation to deal with forces that extend beyond the confines of national borders was highlighted…

NEWS: WHO Europe: Call for Monitoring Digital Alcohol Marketing

A new report by the WHO Europe calls for increased monitoring of digital marketing of alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food products, targeting children and adolescents. Through the report, WHO has introduced the 5-step CLICK tool to monitor real digital marketing exposure of children to unhealthy products…

REPORT: The Corporate Permeation Index – Studying Determinants of NCDs

The CPI appears to be a robust measure of corporate permeation at the national level, suggesting tremendous variability in permeation worldwide. In the future, the CPI may be used to explain variations in alcohol consumption and provide alternative explanations to the arguments that differences in alcohol consumption across countries are attributable to culture…

REPORT: The Strategies of Big Alcohol: Downplaying the Risk of Cancer

SAPROs provide inaccurate information, or accurate information with many confounders and misleading language to undermine cancer risk. The analysis of cancer information disseminated by alcohol industry SAPROs, and the analysis of its accuracy and framing, is not only a professional necessity for public health experts, but is also essential, given the potential impact of such information on the public… 

REPORT: Hidden Power Of Corporations

The hidden power of corporations Editorial The growing literature on what are termed “the commercial determinants of health” pays particular attention to the hidden and invisible forms of power, whereby large corporations use various methods to shape thinking about what are appropriate responses to the health consequences of their products. In the accompanying article, Susan… Read more »

NEWS: Trouble Brewing Report Launched

Four major global health organizations, including IOGT International, warn that countries are ignoring the harms of alcohol consumption
Alcohol is a leading contributor to death and disability worldwide, but governments haven’t responded to the issue with the attention, resources and action this urgent issue requires, says “Trouble Brewing,” a new report from global health and development organizations, Vital Strategies, the NCD Alliance, IOGT International and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA).
The report debunks misconceptions about alcohol use, exposes industry tactics to market to youth and women and derail regulation, and emphasizes the urgency of implementing proven, evidence-based policies…

PRESS RELEASE: Trouble Brewing

Alcohol is a leading contributor to death and disability worldwide, but governments haven’t responded to the issue with the attention, resources and action this urgent issue requires, says “Trouble Brewing,” a new report from global health and development organizations, Vital Strategies, the NCD Alliance, IOGT International and the Global Alcohol Policy Alliance (GAPA). The report debunks misconceptions about alcohol use, exposes industry tactics to market to youth and women and derail regulation, and emphasizes the urgency of implementing proven, evidence-based policies…