Striving Towards Equity


We searched the existing literature and studies in the pipeline for information about the impact of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) in relation to tobacco disparities. The results from a draft of the scoping review were discussed in a convening with 25 experts from academia, funding agencies, and civil society. The report includes the research gaps identified by the convening participants that need to be addressed in order to advance a health equity agenda to eliminate tobacco-related disparities.

Advancing Plain and Standardized Tobacco Packaging


Tobacco packs can be colorful, attractive, and come in exciting shapes and sizes. Plain and standardized packaging removes the potential for companies to use these attractive elements by only allowing the tobacco pack to be presented in one color, shape, and size that is designed to be minimally attractive. This policy stipulates that packs may contain no brand imagery, and also that the brand name be written in a specific font, color, and size. Australia was the first country to introduce plain and standardized packaging for cigarettes in 2011, with the law taking effect in 2012.

Assessing Compliance with Tobacco Packaging and Labeling Regulations


Tobacco companies use tobacco packaging as a way to promote and market their products and increase sales. In the absence of effective packaging and labeling requirements, the tobacco industry produces appealing packaging that creates brand recognition with the use of eye-catching colors, designs and trademarks. Tobacco companies exploit all elements of tobacco packaging to market their products including the outer film, tear tape, inner frame, pack inserts and onserts.

Increasing Taxes on Tobacco: Advocacy Lessons from Ukraine


Tobacco use in Ukraine is a major public health problem that imposes a substantial health and economic burden on the country. On December 17, 2017, the government passed a seven-year plan (2018-2024) laying out annual increases in the price of cigarettes. This seven-year plan is significant as, for the first time in the history of tobacco excise taxes in Ukraine, annual increases in the specific tax rate imposed on cigarettes are mandatory for many years into the future.

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Factsheets and Technical Reports: Compliance with Smoke-free and Point-of-Sale Policies across China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan


IGTC partnered with The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to assess compliance with smoke-free policies and point-of-sale policies across priority jurisdictions in China, India, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The factsheets and reports present key findings, along with recommendations, to strengthen compliance with smoke-free and point-of-sale policies across these four countries.

Technical Report on Tobacco Marketing at the Point-of-Sale in Mexico City, Mexico


In March, IGTC collaborated with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and Códice S.C. (Comunicación, Diálogo y Conciencia S.C.) in Mexico to observe tobacco marketing and promotion at points-of-sale in Mexico City. This work examined compliance with the Mexican General Law on Tobacco Control regarding age restriction signage, prohibition of single stick sales, and display of graphic health warnings at the point-of-sale. The report concludes that the Mexican government needs to adopt a comprehensive ban on tobacco marketing at the point-of-sale and enforce compliance with the law.

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Technical Report on Tobacco Marketing at the Point-of-Sale in Lima, Peru: A Follow-Up


IGTC partnered with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) and the Comisión Nacional Permanente de Lucha Antitabáquica (COLAT), a network of tobacco control advocacy organizations in Peru, to conduct a follow-up study of tobacco product availability and advertising at the point-of-sale (POS). This study found a high concentration of tobacco retailers in close proximity to 106 primary and secondary schools across Lima.

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Technical Reports on Tobacco Marketing at the Point-of-Sale Around Schools


This collection of reports investigates tobacco marketing at points-of-sale (POS) near schools in a total of 15 countries around the world. Numerous studies have demonstrated that exposure to tobacco product advertising and promotion increases the likelihood that youth will start to smoke. Evidence shows that the tobacco industry responds to partial TAPS bans that regulate only certain types of TAPS strategies (such as television or radio) by re-directing their resources to market their brands on poorly regulated channels such as the POS.

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