ITC China Survey Confirms Alarming Lack of Progress on Tobacco Control but Growing Public Support for Stronger Policies
Beijing, China (Saturday, Dec 15, 2012) – The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) launched the findings of a three-year evaluation of tobacco control policies in China – the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco. The ITC Project Report was presented in Beijing on Friday, December 14 and Saturday, December 15 by Professor Geoffrey T. Fong, Chief Principal Investigator and Founder of the ITC Project at the China Forum on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control. The ITC China Report confirms that China has fallen well short of its commitments to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) the world’s first public health treaty. The findings of the ITC China Survey, conducted between 2006 and 2009 among 5,600 adult smokers and 1,400 non-smokers in 7 cities in Mainland China, show clearly the China’s policies are very weak across several key areas of tobacco control.
*City-level partial bans on indoor smoking in public places have been ineffective
*Despite tax increases, prices have not increased, and affordability of cigarettes continues to increase
*Text-only warnings introduced in 2008 were generally not any more effective than the previous warnings
*Chinese smokers have low awareness of the harms of smoking and secondhand smoke
*The majority of smokers (84%) and non-smokers (91%) 'agree' or 'strongly agree' that the Chinese government should do more…
Korea Study Confirms Need For High Taxes on Cigarettes, Graphic Warnings on Packs, and Comprehensive Smokefree Laws
(Thursday November 15th, 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada): The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) today revealed the results of a five-year study of the effectiveness of tobacco control policies in the Republic of Korea, where smoking related diseases kill more than 55,000 people each year. Although tobacco control legislation introduced between 1995 and 2005 had a dramatic effect in reducing smoking rates, the ITC Korea Survey (the Survey) found that progress has slowed in the past five years, with the diminishing impact on smokers of comparatively small, text-only warnings on cigarette packs, the increased affordability of cigarettes, and the lack of comprehensive smoke-free laws to reduce smoking in public places and protect smokers and non-smokers from secondhand smoke.
* The initial successes of tobacco control in the Republic of Korea have not been sustained in the past 6 years *
* Smoking related diseases kill more than 55,000 people each year in Korea*
* Smokers favor stronger tobacco control: Nearly 40 per cent of smokers would approve of a complete ban on all tobacco products and 55 per cent support plain packaging*
(Thursday November 15th, 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada): The International Tobacco Control Policy…
BUFFALO — Smokers who try to quit have a better chance of succeeding when they use FDA-approved stop-smoking medications rather than going it alone, according to a new study by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) published online today in the British journal Addiction. See more...
Medications Greatly Improve Smokers' Chances of Quitting, Study Finds
Roswell Park, International Tobacco Control collaboration tracked 2,500-plus smokers in 4 countries
BUFFALO - Smokers who try to quit have a better chance of succeeding when they use FDA-approved stop-smoking medications rather than going it alone, according to a new study by researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) published online today in the British journal Addiction.
Stop-smoking medications such as…
(Thursday August 2nd, 2012, Montevideo, Uruguay and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada): The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) today launched a new report on the effectiveness of tobacco control policies in Uruguay. The ITC Uruguay Survey (the Survey) found that the country’s world-leading, comprehensive tobacco control strategy has had positive effects on raising awareness of the true harms of smoking, reducing misperceptions about “light/mild” cigarettes, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and reducing the demand for tobacco products through tax increases.
* Implementation of graphic labels at 80% of the pack size front and back led to increased awareness of the risks of smoking *
* Ban on multiple brand presentations reduced smokers' false beliefs that some cigarettes (e.g., "light" or "mild" cigarettes) are less harmful *
* Strong support for tobacco control policies among smokers*
(Thursday August 2nd, 2012, Montevideo, Uruguay and Waterloo, Ontario, Canada): The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project)…
Findings from a three-year comprehensive evaluation of tobacco control polices in Mauritius were released on May 31, 2012 by the Honorable Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Mr. Lormus Bundhoo, in conjunction with World No Tobacco Day. The study was conducted by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project) in collaboration with Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH) and the Mauritius Ministry of Health and Quality of Life.
For over three years, researchers from the Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH) have been partnering with the World Health Organization, and Mauritius Ministry of Health and Quality of Life in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, on the ITC Mauritius Project. Mauritius positioned itself as a world leader for tobacco control when the government took committed steps to fulfill its obligations under the FCTC and passed the Public Health (Restrictions on Tobacco Products) Regulations in…
The ITC Project is one of the key research projects featured at the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2012. The Congress is the largest annual multidisciplinary conference in Canada with close to 8000 delegates and guests expected. Organized by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), Congress 2012 will be jointly hosted the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University from May 26 to June 2. Geoffrey Fong's video profile of the ITC…
(AMSTERDAM) Today the Network for the Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), comprised of more than 100 organizations from 50 countries nominated the Dutch outgoing government for the “Marlboro Man” award -- a less-than-prestigious prize given to a government that is furthering Big Tobacco’s interests and putting profit over people.
NATT is calling on the Netherlands to fulfill its obligations under international law and safeguard its public health policies against tobacco industry interference. New elections are coming up in the Netherlands and a new policy can be issued within months. The nomination can therefore be seen as a strong incentive to change an ineffective policy into an effective health policy.
"The Netherlands used to a be a leader in tobacco control," said Gigi Kellett, Director of Corporate Accountability…
A report released today at the World Heart Federation World Congress of Cardiology in Dubai reveals significant gaps in public awareness regarding the cardiovascular risks of tobacco use and secondhand smoke.
The report, entitled "Cardiovascular harms from tobacco use and secondhand smoke", was commissioned by the World Heart Federation and written by the International Tobacco Control Project (ITC Project), in collaboration with the Tobacco Free Initiative at the World Health Organization.
Global ignorance of tobacco's harm to cardiovascular health costing lives
- 70 per cent of Chinese smokers, 50 per cent of Indian smokers and 40 per cent of Dutch smokers are unaware that smoking causes stroke
Advocates in the Netherlands are asking for your signature on a new petition. They are calling for Prime Minister Mark Rutte to stop partnering with the tobacco industry and hold the tobacco industry accountable for the preventable deaths in Netherlands and around the world.
To read more and sign the petition, go to http://hollandsmokefree.nl/
Smoking bans in offices, restaurants and other public places don't drive smokers to light up more at home, but in fact prompt them to impose their own extra restrictions on the habit, according to an ITC European study published in the journal Tobacco Control. The research carried out in Britain, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands, found that a significant proportion of smokers also decided to ban smoking in their own homes after national public smoke-free laws were introduced.
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