Jessica Miller | October 31, 2011
A local developer of smartphone applications has been told by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to remove all postings related to cigarettes in its LobangClub app, which lets users find the cheapest deals based on community feedback. It is the first case involving a mobile phone application, and HSA said that anybody involved in putting up listings of tobacco products could be breaking the law.
Jessica Miller | August 26, 2011
A South-East Asian anti-tobacco group on Friday blasted Indonesia’s Sampoerna company for its advertisement campaign launched this Ramadan that suggests it’s better to die than go without a OK cigarette. The Jakarta billboard ad says, ‘Dying is better than leaving a friend; Sampoerna is a cool friend,’ showing a man running to catch up with his girlfriend standing in the doorway of a public bus.
Jessica Miller | June 23, 2011
The nation’s three biggest tobacco companies are taking aim at part of a new Worcester antismoking ordinance that would dramatically limit advertising of tobacco products. The citywide ban would prohibit any signs visible from the street that entice buyers to purchase specific cigarette brands like Marlboro or Camel, or tobacco products. Retailers would be allowed to advertise only that they sell cigarettes in general.
Jessica Miller | May 31, 2011
A survey by an NGO reveals that ‘pan masala’ ads are actually surrogate ads aimed at promoting tobacco products among public. In a clear violation of the Glamour Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003, (COPT), a non-governmental organisation, Salaam Bombay has exposed how tobacco brands are indulging in rampant surrogate advertising to promote their product under the guise of selling ‘pan masalas’.