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Brazilian GB grantee appears on TV to discuss smoking epidemics

By João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia

In this Brazilian TV program (Café Filosófico – TV Cultura), João Mauricio Castaldelli-Maia MD explores tobacco smoking history, its associations and portrayal of its use with luxury and glamour in the past, and intriguingly, its subsequent transformation into a mass consumption industrialized product encouraged by advertising and film. Then, he talks about the next phase […]

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More resources available to help support Article 14

By Global Bridges

A set of tools to help implement Article 14 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is now available on TreatTobacco.net. Article 14 specifically addresses tobacco cessation and treatment strategies. The tools — designed to keep costs down and identify affordable interventions — include templates, an affordability calculator, guidance on how to develop national treatment […]

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Putting the “O” in Action: Commentary on 2015 WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic

By Thomas Glynn

The World Health Organization (WHO) last week published its periodic assessment of the state of global tobacco use and control. This year’s report is particularly important, as it comes during the tenth anniversary of the world’s first public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The report assesses progress on the six “MPOWER” measures […]

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Electronic cigarettes and harm reduction- the debate continues

By Global Bridges

On June 24th the BMJ published a feature article on the controversies surrounding the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) for harm reduction among smokers of tobacco cigarettes (“Why e-cigarettes are dividing the public health community” by Jonathan Gornall).  The article describes the firestorm created when an open letter was sent to the director general of the […]

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63% of Japanese Support a Smoking Ban by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By Global Bridges

J&J Japan on May 26 announced the results of a national public opinion survey of 8,000 indoor workers about smoking bans and second-hand smoke.  The survey showed that 63% of Japanese workers support the implementation of a national smoke-free ban before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and only 14% felt that such a ban would have […]

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Uruguay’s fight against big tobacco

By Global Bridges

President José Mujica of Uruguay recently completed his official six-day visit to the United States. Hoping to secure an agreement that would ensure the blossoming of U.S.-Uruguayan relations, President Mujica undertook the state visit to Washington with the aim of strengthening diplomatic ties with the White House. After Mujica’s meeting with President Barack Obama on […]

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Costa Rica’s tobacco control law benefits Ticos and tourists alike

By Global Bridges

In March 2012, after an arduous process of discussion and lobbying, Costa Rica’s national legislative and executive branches approved and promulgated the General Tobacco Control Act. The main objective of this Act is to establish the necessary measures to protect the people from the health, social, environmental and economic consequences of the consumption of tobacco […]

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Pura Vida! Initial report from Costa Rica conference

By Global Bridges

Over 300 representatives from the Americas region are gathered this week in San Jose, Costa Rica for the 4th Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Tobacco OR Health.  This year’s conference is hosted by the Costa Rica Ministry of Health, providing an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the country’s exemplary tobacco control law (Ley 9028) […]

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‘MPOWER: A moral and ethical imperative to emphasize the O’

By Richard Hurt

Dr. Richard Hurt presented this year’s Clinical Theme Lecture at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) annual meeting. His lecture, “MPOWER: A Moral and Ethical Imperative to Emphasize the O,” focused on the many ways health practitioners can help eradicate tobacco dependence. I joined a fraternity in college where I did what […]

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