What do you get when you call for creators around the world to stand up to Big Tobacco? More than 800 videos and social media graphics calling out the industry for the harms it causes, from creators across 43 countries.
It was all part of this year’s Global Media Competition, an annual contest organized by the Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control, a partner in STOP. The competition gives creators the chance to spark positive change by raising awareness of the tobacco industry’s duplicitous business practices.
Highlights with topics considered to be prominent in order to promote debates and decision-making in the field of tobacco control. In this edition, the agenda deals with ANVISA's decision to maintain the ban on Defs in Brazil. CETAB/Fiocruz in partnership with STOP (Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products), the UNION, Vital Strategy, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations, once again opposed the proposals of the tobacco industry and its front groups , so that the production, commercialization and advertising of Electronic Devices for Smoking (DEFS) were allowed in Brazil.
KORNALEWSKI, Alex Medeiros; CARVALHO, Alexandre Octavio Ribeiro de; BARATA, Danielle; LEONEL, Filipe; TURCI, Silvana Rubano. Destaques do Observatório sobre as Estratégias da Indústria do Tabaco. Cetab/Ensp/Fiocruz, Rio de Janeiro, mai. 2021. Acesso em: 5 maio 2021.
In just over a decade, the global community has made significant tobacco control progress, with some 4.7 billion people—63% of the world’s population—now covered by at least one comprehensive policy measure, a quadrupling since 2007 when only 1 billion people (15% of the world’s population) were covered.1 Despite this success, there is much to be done, particularly in the areas of policy implementation and enforcement. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than one-fifth of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) consider better enforcement of FCTC measures absolutely imperative.2 Achieving this ambitious goal is dependent on several related factors: precise regulations, effective communication and engagement, coordinated monitoring and enforcement actions, and awareness of—and ability to counter— disruptive tobacco industry interference.
TOBACCO Control Implementation and Enforcement. The Union, [s.l.], May, 2022. 4p.
Caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), COVID-19 is an infectious disease that was first identified by the World Health Organization in late December 2019. There is significant range on the COVID-19 disease spectrum—from completely asymptomatic or mild infection to advanced disease progression that results in death. Much remains to be determined about the disease—and movement along its various stages—but there is strong evidence that certain populations are particularly vulnerable to adverse consequences and that certain underlying medical conditions exacerbate it. Smokers and smoking fall into these respective categories.
COVID-19 and Tobacco. The Union, [s.l.], May, 2022. 2p
Electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products (HTPs) are very different, but both are considered “novel products”; the tobacco industry sometimes calls e-cigarettes and HTPs “next generation products” (NGPs) and frequently alleges that they are safer than combustible cigarettes.1 Both products have actually been around for some time: e-cigarettes were created in 2003 by Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, and HTPs were invented in the 1980s...
NOVEL Products, Young People, and Policy. The Union, [s.l.], May, 2022. 5p.
Novel and emerging tobacco and nicotine products—the World Health Organization labels them “undoubtedly harmful”1—will wreak significant havoc in low- and middle- income countries. Together, the particular circumstances in these countries create a perfect storm that will likely result in significant addiction, particularly among vulnerable youth. In an abundance of caution, The Union recommends comprehensive bans on these products—this includes prohibiting their sale, manufacture, importation, and exportation—as well as ensuring they are subject to TAPS (Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship) bans and SF (smoke-free) legislation.
E-CIGARETTES, Heated Tobacco Products, and the Need for Bans in LMICs. The Union, [s.l.], May, 2022. 4p.
Tobacco Vendor Licensing (TVL) reduces tobacco product availability and accessibility, particularly to vulnerable youth. A key tobacco control measure, TVL can limit tobacco retailer density around schools, parks, and hospitals; this is critically important because vendor abundance normalizes tobacco use, increases exposure to tobacco advertisements, and thwarts quit efforts. TVL can also restrict the types of products sold alongside tobacco and ensures inspectors know where products are sold, allowing for more effective enforcement of all point-of-sale tobacco laws.
TOBACCO Vendor Licensing. The Union, [s.l.], May, 2022. 2p.
This document consists of an analysis of publications on Agenda 2030 and IT CSR actions available for academic research (abstract, report, file, scientific article, review, monograph, etc.), available in traditional media (radio, television, newspapers, pamphlets , etc) and available on digital media (social networks, blogs, YouTube channels, e-mail, among others), in the period between 2012 and 2021. For the search, the following descriptors were used: (SDG) OR (ODS) OR (Agenda for sustainable development) OR (2030 Agenda) OR (Sustainable Development Goals) OR (Agenda for Sustainable Development) OR (sustainable development) AND (tobacco industry) OR (tobacco industry)) AND (corporate social responsibility) OR (social corporate responsibility) AND (Brazil) OR (Brazil).
RICHTER, Ana Paula; HASSELMANN, Luis Guilherme Hasselmann; TORRES, Raquel; TURCI, Silvana Rubano; SILVA, Vera Luiza da Costa e. Uso pela indústria do tabaco de estratégias de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa para se associar à Agenda 2030 para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável [projeto STOP]. Centro de Estudos sobre Tabaco e Saúde (Cetab), Rio de Janeiro, 13 jun. 2022. 44p.
Changes related to the interference of interested sectors and the role of the State in the economy and society are a phenomenon that has been happening worldwide in recent decades and has consequently generated discussions about the role of private organizations in public health issues (Serpa & Fourneau, 2007). A growing number of companies worldwide have been striving to incorporate corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an integral part of their business. Currently, there is no consensus on the definition of the term CSR. However, authors such as Harjoto & Jo (2011) and Cai and colleagues (2011) suggest that the definitions of CSR refer to the efforts of companies to serve the society and the environment beyond what is required of them.
RICHTER, Ana Paula; HASSELMANN, Luis Guilherme Hasselmann; TORRES, Raquel; TURCI, Silvana Rubano; SILVA, Vera Luiza da Costa e.O uso da estratégia de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa (RSC) pela indústria do tabaco na promoção dos Dispositivos eletrônicos de fumar (DEFs) [projeto STOP]. Centro de Estudos sobre Tabaco e Saúde (Cetab), Rio de Janeiro, 23 mai. 2022. 61p.
The illicit trade in tobacco products represents a major global concern for public health, economy and public safety. More specifically, the illicit trade in tobacco products undermines tobacco control policy efforts, particularly in relation to tax policy. As they are not taxed or regulated, illicit tobacco products do not have health warnings or packaging or labeling requirements, which favors their consumption. As with other regions in the world, the illegal cigarette trade in Mercosur involves lower average prices compared to taxed cigarettes. Furthermore, the increase in the accessibility of cigarettes, via the informal market, combined with the lower prices of smuggled products - and therefore not subject to regulation - favors the consumption of cigarettes by young people and low-income populations 1,4.
HASSELMANN, Luis Guilherme Hasselmann; RICHTER, Ana Paula Cardoso; TURCI, Silvana Rubano; SILVA, Vera Luiza da Costa. Uso pela indústria do tabaco (IT) de estratégias de Responsabilidade Social Corporativa (RSC) para interferir no combate ao comércio ilícito [projeto STOP]. Centro de Estudos sobre Tabaco e Saúde (Cetab), Rio de Janeiro, 23 mai. 2022. 49p.