The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco industry targets social networking websites

Lucky Strike Facebook fan pageTobacco companies are targeting consumers through social networking websites to market their products.

Products like Marlboro, Benson and Hedges and Lucky Strike are appearing on social networks like Facebook where users can become a fan of the brand.

POS increases youth smoking

POSGreater exposure to point-of-sale (POS) tobacco advertising displays are leading to an increase in youth smoking, a recent study published in Tobacco Control has found.

According to the study’s authors, this is the first study that explores the association between exposure to POS tobacco displays and smoking uptake in a jurisdiction where POS is the only form of tobacco promotion.

Images essential in tobacco health warnings

Pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs are essential.Pictorial tobacco warning labels are essential for communicating health risks to smokers, a report by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) has found.

The report, FCTC Article 11 Tobacco Warning Labels, found that graphic pictorial warnings were more effective than text only warnings because they: are more noticeable; increase thoughts about the harms of smoking; have more impact on smokers; and lead to more smokers quitting or intending to quit smoking.