Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Plain packaging of tobacco products: evidence, design and implementation


31 May 2016 -- In 2012, Australia became the first country to implement laws requiring plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products. Since then, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland have passed laws and other countries have initiated legislative processes. This publication describes the purposes of implementing plain packaging as part of a comprehensive approach to tobacco control, the evidence base justifying the measure and developments at the country level, before offering recommendations to countries considering implementing plain packaging.

Earmarked tobacco taxes: lessons learnt from nine countries

11 May 2016 -- This publication looks at the experience of nine countries that have an experience in earmarking tobacco tax revenues for health purposes. It describes the challenges, setbacks and achievements of those countries in this field. The studies of the nine countries indicate that there is no single formula for establishing an earmarked fund but that that some advocacy strategies are more likely to result in the desired policy changes and longer-term outcomes.

Status of tobacco production and trade in Africa - factsheets

December 2015 -- The lack of information on tobacco growing and tobacco trade has often been a concern for policy makers looking to advance tobacco control policies in the counties. This report will enable policy-makers and public health experts to develop a better understanding of the impact of trade liberalization on the domestic production and consumption of tobacco, but also of tobacco control measures such as WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) in the African continent.

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015

7 July 2015 -- WHO launched the WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015, the fifth in a series of reports that tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and the impact of interventions implemented to stop it. This report has a particular focus on tobacco taxation and includes in-depth analyses of tobacco taxes and prices in all WHO Member States, allowing a detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area

The GATS Atlas - Global Adult Tobacco Survey

29 May 2015 -- The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Atlas presents tobacco statistics from 22 countries in a visual formatting, using GATS data that cover nearly 60 percent of the world’s population.

WHO global report on trends in tobacco smoking 2000-2025

15 March 2015 -- Non-smoking is becoming the new norm worldwide, according to a new online WHO Global Report on Trends in Tobacco Smoking, launched today during the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) which opened yesterday in Abu Dhabi and ends on 21 March. The conference is focusing on tobacco control and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), namely lung and heart diseases, cancers and diabetes.