Tagged: Tobacco Harm

NEWS: Dr Tedros: Alcohol Harm a ‘Significant Challenge’

The alcohol burden and the need for prioritizing alcohol policy solutions to tackle pervasive alcohol harm in the European region were one of the key issues addressed, as deliberations commenced at the 69th WHO Europe Regional Committee Meeting.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros spoke in his opening remarks about the need to do more concerning a set of health challenges for the European region. The Director General of the World Health Organization emphasized that alcohol consumption and harm is a “significant challenge” and remains “unfinished business”. 
Even the WHO Europe Regional Director and Health Ministers from member states emphasized the urgency of making alcohol policy the priority it should be…

NEWS: Netflix to Reduce On-Screen Smoking

Netflix has pledged to reduce the number of occasions where actors use tobacco products in its original programmes. This was after a study suggested that smoking on the streaming service’s programmes had contributed to a rise in on-screen smoking more widely…

NEWS: France: Understanding Substance Use in Youth

The French Observatory for Drugs and Addiction (OFDT) issued a new report on substance use trends among French youth. Accordingly smoking cigarettes and cannabis is decreasing in popularity while vaping is increasing. Alcohol use, however, is also still popular with French youth. In youth between 15 to 19 years, over half of young boys (50.7%) and 15.5% of young girls engage in the harmful behavior of heavy episodic or binge alcohol use.
19% of deaths in 15 to 19 year old French youth can be attributable to alcohol…

REPORT: Exposing the Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Overall, these findings suggest that as it reaches its second anniversary, the Foundation might be failing. It is seemingly struggling both to recruit independent researchers and to spend its resources on much other than public relations. In line with public rejections from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, no further funders have materialised. Furthermore, several key staff members left the Foundation in its first 21 months of operation…

NEWS: Sri Lanka: Heavy Tobacco Burden as Big Tobacco Profits Rise

Even though cigarette sale in Sri Lanka has been reducing, the profit of Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) has been increasing disproportionately over the years. As ADIC – Sri Lanka reports in a recent press release the reason for disproportionate profit increases of CTC when cigarette use is decreasing is due to irrational  tobacco taxation. Therefore, when the government taxes tobacco, the tobacco industry earns an unusually high profit…