The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

Tobacco industry relentlessly undermining advertising bans

World No Tobacco Day press release: Countering challenges to protect public health requires global effort

GENEVA, 31 May – You may think that tobacco advertising has been effectively banned, because you no longer see it on TV, radio and in newspapers. Think again. Consider billboards, Facebook, check-out counters, cigarette packages and the more than 15 billion tobacco images delivered yearly to audiences of Hollywood and Bollywood films.

Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people each year. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million worldwide by 2030. Studies have shown that tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is the driver of this global epidemic.

COP-3 media briefing: closing the loopholes in bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is particularly forthright when it comes to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Article 13 obliges Parties to the Convention to impose a comprehensive ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Where Parties’ domestic constitutional principles prevent such a ban, Parties are obliged to impose restrictions to the greatest extent possible.

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