Category Archives: Tobacco


Trade leaks and litigation funds: how the tobacco industry reels us into more pointless battles

A few weeks ago, I expressed my frustrations at the endless cycle of the tobacco industry demanding more and more evidence to justify simple tobacco control measures – and governments around the world giving in. Yesterday, parts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP), a trade agreement currently being negotiated between 12 countries including the US, were […]

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Celebrating 10 years of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

This post was written by Sam Byfield, a Senior Policy Advisor (LiveLighter) at the National Heart Foundation of Australia (Western Australia), and an Associate of the Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne. For questions regarding this post please contact sambyfield@gmail.com. On 27 February, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will celebrate […]

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How many scientists and lawyers does it take to regulate a cigarette package?

This week, we have seen yet another example of tobacco industry intimidation tactics being used to stop a government from enacting laws that will save lives and protect the public health. The Irish government announced that it is introducing plain packaging legislation, following through on its goal of becoming the first country in the European […]

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Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future – The O’Neill Institute Retrospective

We are delighted to present the Retrospective for the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, Innovative Solutions for Complex Health Challenges: Our Past, Present, and Future.  

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US FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to Keynote O’Neill Institute Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law

The Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration, Margaret Hamburg will provide the keynote address to the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Summer Program on Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law. Margaret A. Hamburg became the 21st commissioner of food and drugs on May 18, 2009. The second woman […]

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July 14-18 – Emerging Issues in Food and Drug Law (O’Neill Institute Summer Program with Confirmed Speakers)

Please join the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University for a one-week intensive summer institute exploring the domestic and international legal, regulatory, and policy framework shaping the safety and availability of foods and medicines worldwide. The program will cover U.S. domestic law including recent laws and regulations; international regulatory harmonization […]

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Toward a Smoke-Free Generation: FDA Launches Tobacco Education Campaign for Teens

On February 11, 2014, the FDA launched “The Real Cost” education campaign, aimed at preventing at-risk youth from using tobacco and reducing the amount of teenagers who become regular smokers. In 2009, President Obama signed into law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, granting the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco. The campaign […]

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CVS’s Bold Move: Goodbye Tobacco, Hello Health Care

 This week, the second-largest drugstore chain CVS Caremark Corp. (CVS) announced that it will stop selling tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies starting on October 1. The medical and tobacco control advocacy organizations applaud the decision, as it contributes to combatting tobacco consumption in the U.S. and exerts pressure on competitors to do the same. […]

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Public Health Math: Does “less bad” = “good”? A look at the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes

The field of public health is premised on epidemiological number games. While eradicating disease may be the paragon of the field, in practice, public health leaders apply a more rational lens focused on achieving the best health outcomes for the majority.  Tackling the health issues associated with tobacco products presents a ripe example of this […]

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Lessons from the Industry

In her opening remarks to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned: [e]fforts to prevent non-communicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion . . . [i]t is […]

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