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Vital Stories is a blog that covers topics of interest from our work. It includes commentary from our leadership program staff, and external partners.

September 7, 2017

Calls to Indonesia’s smoking quitline double thanks to powerful media campaign featuring tobacco victims

The campaign prominently featured the stories of two tobacco victims and the number of the Ministry of Health’s national quit smoking telephone line (“quitline”). Initial analysis suggests that the number of daily calls to the national quitline doubled while the campaign was being broadcast.

September 1, 2017

Vital Strategies Supports Shanghai Road Safety Efforts

Shanghai’s campaign will run through November and focus on seat belts as a life-saving mechanism that can dramatically reduce the likelihood of death and injury in a crash. The public service announcement (PSA) for the campaign conveys the message, “seat belts save lives for drivers and passengers, always wear a seat belt.”

August 22, 2017

Japan Tobacco’s $1.6 Billion Asian Acquisitions Are Bad News For Health in The Philippines and Indonesia

In both countries, nearly one in five male deaths and close to one in ten female deaths (9.4 percent in the Philippines and 8.1 percent in Indonesia) are related to tobacco use. In Indonesia, over 53 million adults and more than 2 million children use tobacco each day. In the Philippines, over 15 million adults and more than half a million children use tobacco each day.

August 18, 2017

Shameless: Guardian report reveals British American Tobacco profits in warzones through unethical and potentially illegal tactics

Vital Strategies joins other tobacco control advocates in urging the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate BAT and its subsidiaries for possible violations of the anti-bribery and accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

August 16, 2017

Media campaign on smokeless tobacco generated more than 17 million additional quit attempts and prevented 120,000 premature deaths

World’s first study to find strong economic justification for using mass media campaigns to reduce smokeless tobacco use in low-and middle-income countries.

August 1, 2017

Governments aren’t doing enough to reduce the health and economic cost of preventable lung cancer

Lung cancer is the cause of 19.4 percent of all cancer deaths. It is the most common cause of cancer-related death in men and second most common cause of cancer-related death in women, after breast cancer. Globally, it kills around 1.7 million people every year.

July 28, 2017

FDA’s Tobacco Plan Could Save Lives

Vital Strategies has welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its intention to decrease the burden of tobacco-related harm in the USA by regulating nicotine levels and, potentially, flavorings in tobacco products.

July 27, 2017

France and Britain’s Gas and Diesel Automobile Ban: A Good Long Term Goal That Requires Near-Term, Broader Measures To Deliver Real Health Gains

Vital Strategies applauds the decisions of France and the United Kingdom (UK) to prohibit the sales of gasoline and diesel powered automobiles by 2040.

July 19, 2017

Tobacco Use Continues to Ravage Countries With Weak Tobacco Control Laws

Vital Strategies has welcomed the publication of the World Health Organization (WHO) report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017. In this year’s report, it was revealed that 4.7 billion people – almost two-thirds of the world’s population, are now protected by at least one measure at the highest level of achievement.

July 18, 2017

Reuters’ Report Highlights The Tobacco Industry’s Disdain For Laws That Protect Health

Vital Strategies has commended Reuters on an investigative exposé that reveals fresh, concrete evidence from internal tobacco industry documents that Philip Morris and other players in the tobacco industry are intentionally contravening India’s tobacco control laws and encouraging others to break the law, in order to addict a new generation of smokers.

July 12, 2017

Tobacco Companies Are Threatening Governments in at Least Eight African Countries, For Using Proven Policies To Protect The Health of Their Citizens

Vital Strategies has commended The Guardian newspaper for exposing the tobacco industry’s insidious practices across a number of countries in Africa. The continent is seen as a major prize for the industry; without strong tobacco control policies.

Bangladesh Ministry’s Order on Tobacco Pack Warnings is a Victory for Health

Vital Strategies has congratulated the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Bangladesh on a new order, obliging the tobacco industry to comply with the regulations on graphic health warnings to ensure they appear at the top of cigarette packs.

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