News

Five news releases were issued from the GTNF 2014:  

1. Regulators have the responsibility to smokers to help realize the potential of innovative, reduced-risk tobacco and nicotine products With less than two weeks to go before the World Health Organization starts its deliberations on tobacco, experts argue that in the rush to action, regulators could be destroying the astonishing potential that reduced-risk products have to reduce the public health impact of smoking.

Download the full release: NEWS RELEASE – Reduced risk products (pdf)

2. Locking out tobacco makes for bad public policy Calls to exempt tobacco from international trade agreements do nothing for public health and are leading to bad policy. The calls reflect a wider movement to exclude any businesses related to the tobacco supply chain from discussions on regulating the product. But international trade commentators said today that locking the industry out of such discussions can only lead to regulation that is neither balanced nor informed.

Download the full release: NEWS RELEASE – Bad public policy (pdf)

3. Plain packaging: plain wrong Tobacco experts today warned governments that the latest regulatory assault on cigarettes—plain, standardized packaging—won’t cut smoking rates. Think-tanks, leaders of tobacco businesses and science commentators instead argue that forcing tobacco to be sold in the drab packs amounted to a ban on branding and could contravene international law.

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4. High tobacco taxes have created booming black market High taxes on tobacco have created a booming global black market in illegal cigarettes, experts warned today. Business leaders, industry commentators and public health experts said governments need to do more to tackle the problem, and called for caution in raising taxes on tobacco. Governments must weigh the risk of exacerbating the illegal trade—which undermines both fiscal and social policy.

Download the full release: NEWS RELEASE – Booming black market (pdf)

5. Censoring tobacco science – political imperative or editorial weakness Science censorship was front and center today at the Global Tobacco Networking Forum as several speakers expressed concerns over the decision of a few journals to introduce a policy of not publishing research wholly or partly funded by the tobacco industry. An important area of concern is e-cigarettes. As tobacco companies embrace this new technology, publishing bans will make researching their efficacy as a nicotine replacement therapy and publishing the results difficult or impossible.

Download the full release: NEWS RELEASE – Censoring tobacco science (pdf)