14.06.2021 – 18:19
Swiss Tobacco Prevention Working Group
The Council of States abandons its decision last year: Advertising for tobacco and nicotine products in print publications and on the Internet should continue to be generously allowed. The Alliance for a Strong Tobacco Products Act notes that the council has given in to pressure from the tobacco lobby.
The Council of States has changed its mind: Tobacco advertising in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet is now okay. With this decision, Switzerland finally loses its connection to a modern tobacco prevention policy. With such a law, the desire to reduce the number of children and adolescents who start consuming the products each year remains an illusion.
Insidious additives remain allowed
Allianz is disappointed that the Council of States does not want to put a stop to the known, dangerous addiction-enhancing additives. Despite scientific evidence, the small chamber ignores the danger that these “lure” substances pose for children and young people.
As early as 2014 (!) The EU passed a “ban on additives that facilitate inhalation or nicotine intake” or “measurably increase the toxic or addictive effect” for smoking tobacco. In contrast to Switzerland, the EU has also recognized the danger of flavored “new” tobacco and nicotine products for children and young people: The EU Commission wants to extend the ban by 2025 to all tobacco products and e-cigarettes.
Ratification of the WHO framework out of reach
Unfortunately, the Council of States has deleted the article that tobacco companies will have to report their expenditure on advertising, sales promotion and sponsorship to the BAG in the future. However, this passage is the non-negotiable minimum requirement for ratification of the International Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The ratification of the convention has been a declared goal of the Federal Council and Parliament for twenty years.
On behalf of the undersigned organizations
Alliance for a Strong Tobacco Products Act
SGGP publication series
“The tobacco companies focus their marketing primarily on young people. Because most adult smokers started smoking as young people. So the tobacco companies try to win young people over to smoking. This is shown both in the internal documents of the tobacco industry and in scientific studies Analyzes. “
Martin Bienlein, board member of the Swiss Society for Health Policy (SGGP) has taken a close look at Big Tobacco’s tobacco marketing and is amazed at what tobacco companies and retailers are allowed to do with marketing – especially in Switzerland.
Women and young people first. Marketing of the tobacco industry and the tobacco trade – advertising, sponsoring and sales promotion in Switzerland (Volume 141)
Bern 2021, 538 pages, with lots of images
AT Switzerland presented a copy to each member of the Council of States today.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Tobacco Prevention Working Group:
Wolfgang Kweitel, Public Affairs, 031 599 10 20, [email protected]
Cancer League Switzerland:
Stefanie de Borba, Head of Media Office, 031 389 93 31, [email protected]
Lung League Switzerland:
Andrea Adam, media spokesperson, 031 378 20 53, [email protected]
Monique Portner-Helfer, media spokeswoman, 021 321 29 74, [email protected]