27 October 2021

Over 100 Organisations Call on Social Media Companies to End Nicotine Pouch Advertising

More than 100 public health and other organizations from 53 countries including ENSP are calling on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter to immediately end the promotion of nicotine pouches on their platforms, including prohibiting paid promotion by influencers. 
A letter sent to the CEOs of these companies describes how tobacco companies like British American Tobacco are using social media to market highly addictive nicotine pouches like Velo to millions of social media users worldwide. The marketing content often features young, high-profile influencers engaged in sports activities, suggesting nicotine pouches promote a healthy, active lifestyle. On Instagram, British American Tobacco has implied that Velo can be used to keep teeth white. In several instances, influencers offer special “promo codes” to followers to promote the sale of nicotine pouches on social media platforms, according to the letter.


“For years, tobacco companies have used social media platforms to advertise highly addictive products to young people,” said Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. “Social media platforms have a responsibility to protect their users from the predatory marketing tactics of Big Tobacco – it’s time for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter to end their complicity in Big Tobacco’s campaign to addict the next generation.”


COP9 and MOP2: all documents for the Sessions are now available

Held from 8 to 13 November 2021, the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the WHO FCTC will tackle the topic of tobacco control during a global health emergency. You can now take a look at the documents for the conference that have been published online!
The Second Session to the Meeting of the Parties (MOP2) will be organised around the topic of Implementation of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, from 15 to 18 November 2021. All documents are now published on the website, as well as additional information for the participants.

1 November: the launch of 2021 Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO FCTC

The Convention Secretariat will officially launch the 2021 Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) during the dedicated webinar on 1 November 2021 (11:00-12:30 CET).
The 2021 Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the ninth in this series, is derived from the information received from the Parties in the 2020 reporting cycle, as well as any updates received from them in early 2021. This Report also contains the first report on the indicators to monitor the “Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control: Advancing Sustainable Development through the Implementation of the WHO FCTC 2019–2025”.
As the previous ones, this Report provides key information for the COP enabling it to adopt strategic decisions that guide Parties’ implementation of the Convention.

The 2021 Global Progress Report on Implementation of the WHO FCTC will be available in English in the dedicated page under the WHO FCTC website.

Ghana joins the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

The Secretariat of the WHO FCTC welcomes Ghana to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products community. Adopted by consensus on 12 November 2012 at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to The WHO FCTC, the Protocol counts today 64 countries that wish to make a change in tobacco control.

European Commission Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Gateway:

Tobacco and Smoking

This Knowledge Service is a reference point for public health policy makers with reliable, independent and up-to date information on topics related to promotion of health and well-being. Under the Topic of Risk factors of non-communicable diseases you there is an extensive directory with information on tobacco and smoking.
Topics developed
Defining tobacco: tobacco products and routes of administration
Active and passive tobacco smoking: effects on health
Prevalence of tobacco smoking across European countries
Health and economic burden related to tobacco smoking
Addressing tobacco use: recommendations and implemented policies

Upcoming events

4 November: Workshop on tobacco endgame strategies

On 4 November 2021, from 13:00 to 15:00 (UTC), the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub on Surveillance together with partners from the EU Joint Action on Tobacco Control 2 will organise the workshop "How to develop, implement and evaluate endgame strategies? Case studies from Europe".


This workshop is intended for policy makers, regulators, and researchers to learn from case studies of countries with official tobacco endgame strategies, and from countries that have already taken steps towards developing these strategies. Moreover, it will provide an opportunity to exchange information and experiences of developing, implementing, and evaluating forward-looking tobacco control policies.


The discussions will specifically address the goal of Tobacco-Free Generation set in Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, and how to bridge the gap to achieve a tobacco-free Europe. The workshop can also provide a forum for discussion in other regions, depending on the participation from different regions.


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5-7 November: 3rd ELMO Congress

Don’t miss out on registering for the 3rd European and Lifestyle Medicine Organization (ELMO) Congress, set to take place virtually between the 5th-7th of November 2021!
The Congress will bring together delegates from around the world and provide an opportunity to share expert knowledge, foster friendship and mutual understanding between ELMO members and partners from around the world. It will host a multitude of sessions, including interactive workshops on innovative and relevant topics in lifestyle medicine.

Other news and publications

World Heart Federation launched a new policy brief on e-cigarettes

In a new policy brief, the World Heart Federation is calling on governments to implement strict regulations on e-cigarettes in a determined effort to stop the e-cigarette epidemic in its tracks. E-cigarettes have become an increasingly popular alternative to conventional cigarettes, especially among youth.


The WHF Policy Brief,  E-Cigarettes: A New Threat to Cardiovascular Health , explores the available evidence regarding the negative health impacts of smoking e-cigarettes and highlights the need for stricter regulation and greater oversight of e-cigarette sales and marketing, particularly when it comes to young people.


The price of cigarettes increases in Belgium

The cost of a pack of cigarettes will increase by 25 centimes, as part of the Belgian government’s budget agreement. This is a result of increased tax duties on tobacco and, combined with other measured, it aims at reducing the financial burden on the middle class. Concerning e-cigarettes, the government will follow the European directive, planned to be published at the latest in 2023.

American College of Greece goes smoke-free

For one more academic year, the American College of Greece is abiding by its commitment to ban smoking indoors and outdoors for students, staff, and visitors, in accordance with applicable laws protecting second-hand smoke in educational institutions.
The Institute of Public Health and the SmokeFreeGreece Initiative have been promoters and supporters of the application from the outset for the protection of the health of the entire educational community and the special environment where they develop their activity.
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