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Nigerian Court Upholds Seizure of Cigarettes without Warning Labels

A Federal High Court in Nigeria recently upheld the power of Nigeria’s Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to impound products considered to be harmful or that constitute a health hazard to the unsuspecting Nigerian public – in this case, cigarettes. In February 2013, CPC made an inspection visit to the Nigerian warehouse of the distributor of… Read the full article >

6 States to Lose out on $500 million from tobacco settlement?

The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, the largest civil litigation settlement in U.S. history, dramatically changed tobacco control in the United States. The settlement, between the major tobacco companies (Philip Morris, RJ Reynolds, Brown & Williamson, and Lorillard) and 46 U.S. States, banned advertising that targets children, eliminated billboard advertising, and made available to the public… Read the full article >

Should Tobacco Marketing be Illegal?

This January marked the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon’s General report on Smoking and Health. On that anniversary, a new Surgeon General’s report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, was released. Read the report here> That report indicates that since the first report in 1964, more than 20 million premature deaths in… Read the full article >

Tobacco Progress at the UN

The UN Secretary General released his progress report on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) from 2011 to the present. This report was mandated by the Political Declaration on NCDs. It serves as the first step in the preparations for the 2014 UN Review and Assessment on NCDs. In the report, it explains the new challenges for addressing… Read the full article >

Why Kelsey Fights

My parents have always told me that they knew I would become a lawyer from a young age because of my favorite childhood expression- “That’s not fair!” As I got older, I never stopped feeling that some things just weren’t fair. I have a passion for the pursuit of justice, and I became a lawyer… Read the full article >

Should e-cigarettes be considered tobacco products?

Since e-cigarettes hit the market, they have been the subject of intense debate.  Are electronic cigarettes a cessation tool or an alternative smoking device? Should they be subject to the same smoke-free air laws as tobacco products? Should they be taxed at a similar rate as cigarettes? In Toulouse, France, the courts just took a… Read the full article >

Why I Fight: Violet Dyer

I fight for the health of our future leaders, the children across the world. I do not want any child to grow up with the health struggles that I have had to endure since my early childhood. People take for granted basics things, such as breathing. As a child, I cannot remember a single time… Read the full article >

Why I Fight: Nichelle Gray

Top 5 International Tobacco Control Legal Victories of 2013

Chile became the 14th Latin American country to ban smoking in public places. Read more about the law here> Bangladesh enacted a new law that strengthens the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco use by banning sales to minors, including pictorial warnings on cigarette packaging and increasing the fine for smoking in public places. Read more about the… Read the full article >

Top 5 US Tobacco Control Legal Victories of 2013

New York City signed into law a bill that prohibits anyone under the age of 21 from buying tobacco products. Read the full article here> Louisiana passed a law that prohibits smoking on the grounds of all Louisiana college campuses. Read about campus smoking bans here> The governors of Oregon and Utah signed laws that ban smoking… Read the full article >

Malaysia stands firm on tobacco carve-out in TPP

The U.S. failed in a last-ditch effort to complete the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) earlier this week in Singapore, pushing the free trade agreement negotiations to 2014. A number of disagreements among the negotiating countries remain, but one of the most important is how to deal with tobacco. The draft TPP includes provisions that allow… Read the full article >

Why I Fight: Kim Intino

She made every holiday special.  She would fill Easter baskets with candy, carve pumpkins, make me beautiful Halloween costumes, and spend hours trimming the Christmas tree. And she smoked. She talked to me, listened to me and encouraged me.  She was my best friend.  And she smoked. I don’t have a single memory of my… Read the full article >

Why Shana Fights

If Drug Dealers Can be Found Criminally Liable, Can Big Tobacco?

Last month, the Supreme Court heard arguments on the case of Burrage v. United States. The case focuses on a federal law that requires a mandatory sentence for a drug dealer if “death or serious injury” results from drugs they sold. During oral arguments, much of the court’s discussion focused on the question of what… Read the full article >

Tobacco Trade Simplified

The impact of trade on tobacco can seem complicated, but there are only 6 main things you need to know. Number 1: Tobacco is unique among consumer products. When used exactly as intended, tobacco products kill. Therefore, tobacco should be exempted or “carved out” from trade agreements. Number 2: Free trade agreements are meant to… Read the full article >

Live at the UN: Wrap up

There are less than 850 days remaining until the current MDGs expire. This past week at the UN General Assembly, member states gathered together to discuss progress on the MDGs to date and looked forward to the post-2015 development agenda. They renewed their commitment to achieve the MDGs by the deadline and also signed on… Read the full article >

Live at the UN: Days 3 & 4

Yesterday, the Special Event on Millennium Development goals or MDGs allowed country delegates to discuss their development progress to date. Some distinguished speakers from around the world also spoke. Our Executive Director Laurent Huber was there. Throughout the event, the delegates discussed the important work taking place on the MDGs, some of which have seen significant progress… Read the full article >

Live at the UN: Day 2

Noncommunicable diseases, or NCDs for short, are diseases you can’t just catch; they are caused by various risk factors. Some examples of NCDs are heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and cancer. NCDs are a major threat to global health and development. These diseases are spreading at a rapid rate in the poorest countries, not just… Read the full article >

Live at the UN: Day 1

The 68th United Nations General Assembly began yesterday. Everyone is excited and charged up to see what will come out of this week, including us at ASH. At all of the events that we’ve attended so far, civil society has been encouraged to be involved in the post-2015 development agenda. The President of the UN… Read the full article >

How Malaysia Gave Me My Mojo Back

By Chris Bostic, ASH Deputy Director for Policy August 14th was a strange day in my professional life. I have worked to fight the global tobacco epidemic for almost exactly 12 years now, and there have been highs and lows. One of the biggest of each came on that Wednesday. In the morning,  I learned… Read the full article >

Post-2015 Development Agenda Will Have Ramifications for Years to Come

September is quickly approaching, which means New York City will soon be buzzing with excitement surrounding the start of the high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly’s 68th session, where the post-2015 development agenda will be a key focus of discussion. All of these events will serve as the next big step in the post-2015… Read the full article >

Once Again, Mayor Bloomberg Stands Firm For Health

On the threat from trade agreements to tobacco regulations, few have been able to come as close to the heart of the matter as Mayor Bloomberg. His opinion piece in today’s New York Times in reaction to President Obama’s reversal on tobacco in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement brilliantly summarizes why we should all care about how… Read the full article >

Deciphering FDA and Menthol

A few weeks ago, you may have seen some press about an “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” from the Food and Drug Administration regarding menthol cigarettes. In government-speak, this means that the FDA intends to regulate menthol additives in cigarettes and is giving the public a chance to chime in. You can weigh in here>… Read the full article >

WHO FCTC: The Challenge of Implementation

By Al Munzer Chair, Board of Trustees, Action for Smoking and Health (ASH) The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was developed in response to globalisation of the tobacco epidemic, and has been widely embraced by the world community. The FCTC now includes 176 parties, representing 88.6 percent of the world’s population. However despite… Read the full article >

Testimony on the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP)

From May 29-30, the United States Trade Representative held hearings on the upcoming negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). May 20, 2013, ASH’s Chris Bostic testified about tobacco, urging the U.S. to exclude it from the treaty. The text of his verbal comments is below. To read ASH’s written comments, click here.… Read the full article >

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