Blogs and reports
In this section we publish blogs published in English on ASH Finland’s website, reports and research.
Rob Branston, Dr, Associate Professor in Business Economics, University of Bath
Given the harm caused by tobacco products, most countries apply excise taxes in order to increase their retail price and hence encourage existing users to quit and discourage others from starting. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests such taxes should be at least 75% of the retail price of tobacco, so you would be forgiven for thinking that left very little room for tobacco companies to earn that much profit. In actual fact, manufacturing tobacco products is inordinately profitable despite high taxes.
This blog is translated into Finnish here.
Anca Toma Friedlaender, the Director of Smoke Free Partnership (SFP)
Europe has come a long way in fighting tobacco. There’s no doubt about that. The effects of policies adopted in the last 20 years or so are showing. Europeans are smoking less. Fewer kids are taking up smoking. But is all the work done that should be done? Is tobacco “solved”?
Nadja Frederiksen, the Project Manager at Nordic Welfare Centre
Although the prevalence of smokers are overall declining in the Nordic countries, about 33500 people died of tobacco-related diseases in the Nordic countries in 2016, according to The Tobacco Atlas. There is therefore a great rationale in continuing the fight against tobacco smoking in the Nordic countries, to protect both current and future generations against tobacco.
The statement outlines several key tobacco control priorities that need to be taken into account for the benefit of public health especially in light of COVID-19. It is intended for policy-makers, health advocates as well as media.
The 34th tobacco-related Surgeon General’s Report published since 1964 summarizes the latest evidence on the health benefts of cessation.
The use of tobacco products among Finnish adolescents has long been declining. Over the past two years, however, the decreasing trend seems to have stopped. Snus use is on the rise, even among girls. The decline in alcohol consumption among Finnish young people has also stopped. These are among the findings of the 2019 Adolescent Health and Lifestyle Survey. Conducted every two years, the survey follows the health behaviors of 12 to 18-year-old Finns. Conclusions and tables in the survey are also available in English.
The report describes the results of a survey of tobacco control activity in 36 European countries in 2019, using the Tobacco Control Scale (TCS).
Sustainable development, children’s rights and tobacco control. Impact of smoking and secondhand smoke for children and adolescents. Social inequalities in smoking among children and adolescents. The use of influencer marketing and social media by tobacco companies. Children’s views. Exposure to secondhand smoke in households: children’s rights versus privacy rights of caretakers. Children in tobacco growing – the most vulnerable in the supply chain
Effective measures for a tobacco-free world. Unfair Tobacco 2020.
WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2019: Offer help to quit tobacco use is the seventh in a series of WHO reports that tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it.
Every stage from tobacco cultivation and curing, to cigarette manufacturing, distribution, consumption and discarding in the global tobacco supply chain involves considerable resource inputs, and results in the production of wastes and emissions.
This report demonstrates that declining returns and growing business threats present a clear and present financial risk for investors in tobacco.
“This overview opens the lid on a Pandora’s Box containing the quieter but shockingly widespread impacts of tobacco from an environmental perspective. The tobacco industry damages the environment in ways that go far beyond the effects of the smoke that cigarettes put into the air.”
What tobacco has to do with human dignity and why tobacco impedes human development? How tobacco destroys the environment? These and several other important questions are covered in this report.
This report provides a brief summary of some of the challenges, that women and girls face in the context of the tobacco epidemic in the WHO European Region, outlining the gendered nature of tobacco use.