Flavor Under Fire

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IGTC teamed up with experts from Portland State University to analyze the level of flavor chemicals present in tobacco products sold in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The results are documented in two new papers along with a video summarizing the study and its implications. 

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Pakistan TAPS study
Advertisements, Promotions and Display of Tobacco Products at Points-of-Sale in Pakistan

This study examined the presence of tobacco advertisements, promotions and product display, and tobacco warning signage at points-of-sale, in November and December 2021, across 8 cities in Pakistan: Gilgit, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Muzaffarabad, Peshawar, and Quetta.

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Youth Exposures and Perceptions to Tobacco Marketing in China

Exposure to tobacco marketing is associated with increased susceptibility to use, and use of, cigarettes among Chinese adolescents. The findings from the study may support regulatory efforts to strengthen the implementation of national restrictions on tobacco marketing.

Smoke-Free Fact Sheet Turkey
Compliance with Smoke-free Law in Hospitality Venues: An Observational Study in Turkey

Between 2019 and 2020, the Ministry of Health of Turkey undertook cross-provincial inspections in three cities (Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir) in order to enhance compliance. The findings from this study suggest that, despite cross-provincial inspections in these three cities, compliance with the current smoke-free law remains low.

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Straw Cigarette Branding

Straw cigarettes are a common tobacco product from Brazil that features tobacco hand-rolled in a corn husk that resembles straw. The use of natural materials and the fact that they are rolled by hand have led some people to believe they are less harmful than cigarettes. Studies, however, have found that straw cigarette smoke causes damage similar to cigarettes.

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Learning from the Experts is a free online course breaking down the fundamentals of tobacco control, including its history, surveillance, and impacts. This course will help individuals build, monitor, and assess interventions on any scale using case studies and examples from around the world.

Lutte mondiale antitabac: Apprentissage auprès des experts

Avec six modules thématiques, le cours permet à quiconque, des professionnels de la santé publique aux étudiants, de mieux comprendre les sujets de la lutte antitabac, notamment en apprenant à prévenir les méfaits à mesure que les produits du tabac changent et évoluent.

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With three-themed modules, the course allows anyone from public health professionals to students to increase their understanding of tobacco control topics, including learning how to prevent harm as tobacco products change and evolve.

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Tobacco and COVID-19

The Tobacco and COVID-19 course is the newest online offering from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control. This online course provides the current evidence on tobacco use and COVID-19. The course covers topics such as the impact of smoking on COVID-19, the effects of nicotine at a molecular level and the behavior of the tobacco industry during the pandemic.

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We keep up with rapid changes in laws regarding e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products around the world. The policy bank has been verified by public health professionals in their respective countries.

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The Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS)

TPackSS, developed with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, contains a visual database of cigarette packs from 14 low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) to monitor how tobacco companies are marketing their products and track their compliance with tobacco pack requirements including health warning labels.

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