Jessica Miller | February 15, 2012
The last bastion of tobacco advertising has been stubbed out. Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said the Senate today passed legislation restricting online tobacco advertising in Australia. “This legislation has extinguished the last remaining opportunity for tobacco companies to freely promote their harmful products to the Australian public,” said Ms Plibersek. “Sales of tobacco on the internet will be subject to the same restrictions as everywhere else, and online retailers won’t be able to spruik cigarettes with words such as ‘cheap’ and ‘tax-free.'”
Jessica Miller | December 12, 2011
Despite the explicit ban on cigarette advertisements, Philip Morris Pakistan Limited, formerly known as Lakson Tobacco Company, recently bombarded its promotional blitz in the print media. The ban was imposed in 2002 when the government prohibited open advertisements of cigarettes in both the print and electronic media. There is no question about the violation of The Prohibition of Smoking in Enclosed Places and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002.
Jessica Miller | December 1, 2011
Activists have urged celebrities and other public figures not to take part in cigarette advertisements, arguing that their endorsement holds huge sway over youths and rural people. “It’s very regrettable that a number of popular bands are willing to do cigarette ads,” Fuad Baradja, the head of public education at the Indonesian Smoking Control Foundation (LM3), said on Wednesday. “Youths tend to mimic their idols, so if the latter smoke, they’ll do likewise,” he said. Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas Anak), said it was clear that cigarette advertising in Indonesia was aimed at the youth market because the adult audience was no longer as easily hooked.
Jessica Miller | November 25, 2011
The recent Southeast Asian Games, which this nation hosted admirably, were considered a success on numerous fronts. Not only did Indonesia garner a record number of medals, the entire period was relatively smooth and well-managed. The games were also notable for another reason: the event was totally free from any form of tobacco advertising. This is a first in Indonesia and the organizers should be applauded for demonstrating that if there is a will there is a way. As a nation, we can cut our reliance on the money generated from cigarette advertising and still have a successful major event.
Jessica Miller | November 23, 2011
Some people object to smoking prevention and cessation ads that have been airing on television stations across North Dakota and Minnesota. They seem to think the ads, which range from humorous to disturbingly dark, are ineffective and unfair. They object to what they perceive as “demonization” of smokers. They are missing the point.