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Surviving or thriving? Surviving or thriving? britta heise

Explainer: how big tobacco turns profits

In 2013 Imperial Tobacco, one of four major transnational tobacco companies, posted its first fall in profits in 17 years. One could be forgiven for thinking from the proposed introduction of new restrictions…
Not so appetising when you think about it. Not so appetising when you think about it. GS+

There’s no such thing as a free lunch from tobacco companies

Almost all companies contribute money to charity and many would argue that corporate donations make a positive difference in the world. But this hopeful take on corporate philanthropy sits uneasily with…
The tobacco industry has stated publicly that it’s helping countries bring claims against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging law. The tobacco industry has stated publicly that it’s helping countries bring claims against Australia’s tobacco plain packaging law. LUKAS COCH/AAP

Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law at the WTO

Earlier this month, Cuba became the fourth country to challenge Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law by requesting consultations with Australia through the World Trade Organization (WTO). Tobacco companies…
The tobacco and alcohol industries have more in common than it seems. The tobacco and alcohol industries have more in common than it seems. Benjamin Wilken

Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco – boozem buddies?

In Australia, the most effective and efficient ways to reduce alcohol-related harm – increasing taxation, and restricting availability and alcohol promotion – are politically unpopular. This mismatch between…
Tobacco advertising laws must be adapted to keep up with new media. Tobacco advertising laws must be adapted to keep up with new media. jfin.ch

No more cigarette advertising? Never mind, there’s an app for that

“Every time a door closes a window opens.” This clichéd greeting card sentiment must be the catch-cry of tobacco marketers globally. Every since tobacco advertising was first forced off our television…
Former European commissioner for health and consumer policy, John Dalli gives a news conference in Brussels a week after his resignation. Former European commissioner for health and consumer policy, John Dalli gives a news conference in Brussels a week after his resignation. EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Don’t snort, wet smokeless tobacco is an addictive political thriller

For most people, the idea of a wet smokeless tobacco may seem more like a joke than reality. This may be why potential changes to the European Union’s tobacco directive, which may allow its sale all over…
Sweden is ahead of many nations in anti-smoking efforts but it’s not at the head of the class. Sweden is ahead of many nations in anti-smoking efforts but it’s not at the head of the class. Jess Pac

My complacent country: why Sweden has long way to go on tobacco reform

In general, Swedes tend to have a good self-image. Not necessarily of ourselves as individuals but of Sweden and Swedes as a whole. The general view is that we are more democratic, liberal, rational, equal…
It’s time for the Future Fund to end its deadly addiction to tobacco investment. It’s time for the Future Fund to end its deadly addiction to tobacco investment. Robert Huffstutter

No future? End the Future Fund’s affair with Big Tobacco

Australia has shown outstanding leadership on tobacco control - but it could do more. The next step is surely for the Future Fund to quit its addiction to tobacco investments. The Gillard government’s…
The blogosphere is a sewer of frothing, often anonymous, swill. The blogosphere is a sewer of frothing, often anonymous, swill. Flickr/joeshoe

Hate mail and cyber trolls: the view from inside public health

The Charlotte Dawson troll saga shocked many Australians, with revelations of vile tweets, death threats and online intimidation. Nobody should have to endure this kind of abuse, but unfortunately it’s…
India is the second-largest producer and consumer of tobacco products in the world. India is the second-largest producer and consumer of tobacco products in the world. Ram Reddy

Plain tobacco packaging in India: a giant leap for global public health

The world is watching Australia progress toward tobacco plain packaging. A number of developed countries have said they will follow suit. But as tobacco companies lose their grip in developed countries…
There’s a broad base of public support for government action against smoking in New Zealand. There’s a broad base of public support for government action against smoking in New Zealand. Barbara Walton/AAP

Big Tobacco on the warpath against plain packaging in New Zealand

The tobacco industry has launched an advertising campaign against the New Zealand government’s proposal to introduce plain packaging of tobacco products. According to the media campaign, plain packaging…
Tobacco control campaigns succeed because they’re realistic and amenable to implementation. Tobacco control campaigns succeed because they’re realistic and amenable to implementation. giannisl/Flickr

Bring on the end of tobacco use – but not a total ban tomorrow

The High Court decision to reject Big Tobacco’s case against plain packaging was not a surprise – but it was nonetheless a stunning victory for the government and for public health. But there is still…
Uruguayan chancellor Luis Almagro, whose his country will join efforts with Australia to face Phillip Morris. Uruguayan chancellor Luis Almagro, whose his country will join efforts with Australia to face Phillip Morris. EPA/SASHENKA GUTIERREZ

Why bilateral investment treaties are the last refuge of Big Tobacco

The tobacco industry has no recourse other than to pursue its challenge to the Australian government’s plain cigarette pack legislation via international trade agreements in the wake of yesterday’s High…
The High Court has ruled the enforcing plain packaging is constitutionally legal. The High Court has ruled the enforcing plain packaging is constitutionally legal. AAP/Lukas Coch

The Olive Revolution: Australia’s plain packaging leads the world

After much political debate, the Australian Parliament passed the Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth). Australian legislators, such as Richard di Natale, provided moving accounts for the need for plain…
Australia’s High Court has dismissed the plain tobacco packaging case brought against the government by tobacco companies. Australia’s High Court has dismissed the plain tobacco packaging case brought against the government by tobacco companies. TRACEY NEARMY/AAP

Big Tobacco crashes at first legal hurdle on plain packaging

This morning Australia’s High Court dismissed the plain tobacco packaging case brought against the Australian government by the world’s largest tobacco companies. The companies had challenged the government’s…
Former health minister Nicola Roxon has won numerous awards for the plain packaging legislation. Former health minister Nicola Roxon has won numerous awards for the plain packaging legislation. AAp/Tracey Nearmy

In praise of Australia’s best minister for prevention

It isn’t often that an Australian minister visits the United States to acclaim, is hailed as a “global champion” and receives a major award to accompany assorted national and international awards already…
The government argues that plain packaging is “directed to informing, redressing and reducing harm to the public health." The government argues that plain packaging is “directed to informing, redressing and reducing harm to the public health." AAPIMAGE/Tracey Nearmy

Big Tobacco’s box fetish: plain packaging at the high court

Tobacco, says the World Health Organisation (WHO), is “the only legal consumer product that kills when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer.” Supporting the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco…