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The Dominican Republic is Suing Australia for Plain Packaging of Cigarettes

The Dominican Republic has filed formal papers to sue Australia in the World Trade Organization over its plain packaging of cigarettes. Australia is now being sued in three different courts by multiple countries and multinational corporations. The Australian government is refusing to settle or to back down in its legislation, and is confident of victory.… Read the full article >

United States Does Not Table its Tobacco Exception at the TransPacific Partnership Negotiations

The United States did not table its tobacco exception at the latest round of TransPacific Partnership negotiations. The issue apparently did not come up during the closed-door sessions, although it was a central concern of NGOs during the one-hour stakeholder briefing with the chief negotiators. The next round is scheduled to begin September 6, but… Read the full article >

Canada and Mexico Join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Talks

Canada and Mexico are set to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement talks. They have agreed to accept any provisions that have been agreed before they join, in spite of the fact that they are not allowed to see the text. In essence, this is like signing a legal contract without reading a word of its… Read the full article >

Tobacco Industry Reports on Revenues

Clearly, even though it kills over 5 million people per year,  tobacco remains a very lucrative business.  Quoting Warren Buffet:  “I’ll tell you why I like the cigarette business. It cost a penny to make. Sell it for a dollar. It’s addictive. And there’s a fantastic brand loyalty.”  According to the recently released Tobacco Atlas,… Read the full article >

Ratification from Czech Republic

On June 1st 2012 the Czech Republic joined the tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  177 out of 195 eligible Parties have become Parties to this treaty.  The U.S. has not yet joined this treaty.   President Obama should take action and choose health over tobacco and submit this treaty to the Senate for… Read the full article >

WHA Adoption of Targets

The world must stay make clear commitments to reduce the tobacco caused epidemic. As Dr Chan, Director General of the WHO says, “what gets measured gets done”. The governments of the world have agreed to achieve a meaningful target during the World Health Assembly (WHA), the governing body of the World Health Organization.    The adopted… Read the full article >


On May 8-9 I attended in Brasilia, Brazil, the first working meeting of the Pan American Forum for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases (PAFNCD) http://new.paho.org/panamericanforum/ , an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) that confronts the Noncommunicable (NCD) epidemic in the Americas by mobilizing different interest groups to prevent and control chronic… Read the full article >

Costing Tools

Tobacco use has been determined to be very costly to society as you can see in this  Harvard- World Economic Forum publication  http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Harvard_HE_GlobalEconomicBurdenNonCommunicableDiseases_2011.pdf. According to a recent American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation report the annual economic burden of tobacco related illnesses exceeds total annual health expenditures in low and middle income countries. On… Read the full article >

Bloomberg’s Support on Tobacco Control

We applaud New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg, for his unwavering commitment to public health by announcing his continued support of US $220 million to the global fight against tobacco use, bringing his total support to over US $600 million.  We encourage other philanthropists to follow his lead.  Tobacco will kill one… Read the full article >

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