The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Canada to boost package warnings – inside and out

One of the new warnings covering 75 per cent of the cigarette package. © Health Canada

The Canadian Government has approved new regulations that will increase the size of health warnings on packages of cigarettes and little cigars from 50 to 75 per cent of the back and front surfaces. 

All packages will also include full-colour, picture-based messages inside the package, making Canada the only country to require messages on the interior and exterior.

Australian graphic warnings to lead the way

Smoking emphysemaOne of Australia’s new proposed graphic health warnings. © Australian governmentThe Australian Government is taking another huge step in cutting the country’s smoking rates by releasing its proposed new graphic health warnings for tobacco products.

The new warnings are scheduled to come into effect on 1 July 2012, when the county’s plain packaging requirements are set to come into effect.

On 17 September 2011, the Australian Government released a consultation paper on the proposed new health warnings.  

Australia set for toughest tobacco promotion laws

An example of the Australian Government's proposed plain packaging (c) Australian government

Australia could soon have the toughest tobacco promotion laws in the world if its plain packaging legislation is passed.

In addition, health warnings on packs of tobacco sold in the country are set to become the world’s largest when the new legislation comes into effect, which is scheduled for January 2012.

On 2 April 2011, the Australian Government announced its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging.

Take action: support the advertising ban set for Ukraine

Cigarette brand promotion on side of carry bag in Ukraine.The Ukraine parliament is set to ban all tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion.

Although tobacco advertising is banned in commercial print media (business to business is allowed), outdoor areas, radio and TV; it is still allowed in all types of indirect advertising such as: promotional activities (free cigarettes distribution, tests, contests and lotteries), sponsorship events (youth concerts, discos and parties), point-of-sale advertising, online and corporate social responsibility programs.

US to implement bold cigarette health warnings

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The US will implement nine new larger and more noticeable text and graphic warnings on cigarette packets and advertisements by the end of 2012.

The warnings are part of the country’s new tobacco control strategy to help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting. The warnings also mark the most significant change in 25 years to tobacco control in the US, which is not a Party to the global tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Pro-tobacco messages prominent on YouTube

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The internet is providing an ideal marketing outlet for large tobacco companies due to its unregulated nature, according to findings from a recent study by the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand.

The study analysed 163 English language videos on YouTube for tobacco brand images and words. The study’s authors (Lucy Elkin, George Thomson and Nick Wilson) used five of the leading global cigarette brands – Marlboro, Winston, Benson and Hedges, Mild Seven and L&M – to conduct their research.

World No Tobacco Day targets women

Global smoking rates amongst women are rising as the tobacco industry increasingly targets females through its marketing campaigns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO says that global rates of smoking amongst men have peaked, while rates amongst women are rising. Women are also a major target for the tobacco industry, which needs to recruit new users to replace smokers who will die prematurely (almost 50 per cent of current users) from tobacco-related diseases.

Australia to introduce plain cigarette packaging

Plain cigarette packages for Australia.Australia is the first country in the world to demand plain packaging for all cigarette products sold in the country.

By July 2012, the only thing seen on cigarette packages sold in Australia will be prominent graphic health warnings and the brand and product names in a standard colour, position, font style and size. This means no eye-catching industry logos, brand imagery, colours or promotional text.

Campaigners take on tobacco expo

Anti-tobacco campaigners have prosecuted a tobacco industry expo in Thailand for violation of the country’s tobacco control law. This is the first time this has happened in a host country.

Anti-tobacco campaigner and national health foundation president of the Conference of Parties, WHO FCTC (2007-2008) Hatai Chitanondh said tobacco control advocates and alliances were prepared for the TabinfoAsia 2009 expo and “ready for the kill.”