Tagged: Addiction Industries

NEWS: New Zealand: Kids See Unhealthy Marketing Avalanche

Kids in New Zealand are exposed to an avalanche of unhealthy product marketing including alcohol while the government fails to act. But attempts to better regulate alcohol are derailed by the alcohol industry and other health harmful industries. In New Zealand, alcohol contributes to an estimated 800 deaths and costs the economy approximately NZ$7.85 billion each year…

NEWS: Week #31 Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up

Welcome to another week of carefully curated alcohol policy news, latest science updates, and more Big Alcohol revelations.
Special Feature:
Members news from Ghana where GhanAPA was launched with the support of the IOGT movement.
For week 31, our Global Alcohol Policy Round-Up contains:
Alcohol policy updates come from New Delhi, India, Hungary, Ukraine and Scotland.
Fresh science updates are about the digital world, labelling awareness among youth and alcohol policy in Ontario, Canada.
Our Big Alcohol monitor exposes the tobacco and alcohol giants invested in Big Marijuana, Heineken in Kenya, and political interference in Australia and The Gambia…

NEWS: Big Alcohol, Big Tobacco Giants Invested in Marijuana

Both Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco giants are investing in the marijuana market as global sales for cannabis increases, providing more proof of the inter-links of addiction industries. Among companies that have invested in marijuana are, Constellation brands, Altria, Molson Coors Brewing, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)…

REPORT: Digital Marketing and Impact on Children

Overweight and obesity is the second leading cause of cancer in the UK after smoking. Overweight and obesity causes different types of cancer and over 22,000 cancer cases each year in the UK. It is estimated that each year, obesity costs the NHS in England £6.1 bn and the wider UK economy £27 bn…

REPORT: Big Sugar and Neglect by Global Health Community Fuel Oral Health Crisis

Oral diseases present a major global public health burden, affecting 3.5 billion people worldwide, yet oral health has been largely ignored by the global health community, according to a new Lancet Series on Oral Health.
Oral conditions share common risk factors with other non-communicable diseases, which include free sugar consumption, tobacco use, and harmful alcohol consumption, as well as the wider social and commercial determinants of health. The burden of oral diseases is on course to rise as more people are exposed to the underlying risk factors of oral diseases, including sugar, tobacco and alcohol. Dental care systems should focus more on promoting and maintaining oral health and achieving greater oral health equity. Sugar, alcohol, and tobacco consumption, and their underlying social and commercial determinants, are common risk factors shared with a range of other non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Coherent and comprehensive regulation and legislation are needed to tackle these shared risk factors…

REPORT: Evidence is Sweet

The man most likely to be the UK’s next prime minister has called for a review of what he calls “stealth sin taxes”. Boris Johnson says he is concerned about their disproportionate effect on poor people. He also wants to base the UK’s tax policy “on clear evidence.” If so, all of us who want to improve the public’s health can rest easy: the accumulating evidence in favour of such taxes is becoming hard to counter…

REPORT: Exposing the Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

Overall, these findings suggest that as it reaches its second anniversary, the Foundation might be failing. It is seemingly struggling both to recruit independent researchers and to spend its resources on much other than public relations. In line with public rejections from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, no further funders have materialised. Furthermore, several key staff members left the Foundation in its first 21 months of operation…

NEWS: Coca Cola Joins Big Alcohol

First Japan, now the UK, U.S. sugary beverage giant Coca-Cola has joined Big Alcohol with the launch of a premium mixer range. This new product is designed to mix cola with dark spirits and comes in four flavors. It will launch in the UK in June 2019 boosted by an aggressive marketing campaign. The product called “Coca-Cola Signature Mixers” will be available both in the on-trade, off-trade and grocery stores.
Coca Cola’s expansion into the alcohol market with premium mixer comes as more and more alcohol users are increasingly preferring expensive mixers. In a global first for the company, three alcoholic lemon beverages were launched in Japan in May 2018. Coca Cola attempted to exploit new markets and consumers with thes lemon flavoured alcopops.

REPORT: Reasons for Concern: PHE’s Partnerships with Gambling and Alcohol Industry-Funded Charities

Disease prevention cannot solely be the role of the health system, but instead requires engagement from all of government with a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach. Public Health England (PHE) has “operational autonomy” from government, so that it can provide “…government, local government, the NHS, Parliament, industry and the public with evidence-based professional, scientific expertise and support”. In health and healthcare, the need to address conflicts of interest is well documented, and while many challenges remain, structures have evolved in an attempt to manage them. The fact that PHE has decided to partner with industry-funded bodies suggests that if indeed such processes exist, they aren’t transparent, and they aren’t effective…

NEWS: Australia: Big Alcohol Pumps Big Bucks into Politics

Alcohol and other addiction industries are pumping more and more money into Australian politics. The liquor, hotels and gaming lobby made its highest level of donations in seven years in 2017-18. They have pumped more than $1 million into political parties. They don’t discriminate who they fund either, as they’ve given money to Liberal, Labor and even far-right parties.
Alcohol control policy activists have renewed their calls to ban these industries from making federal donations, as it is warping policy and thwarting tax and advertising reforms…