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Big Soda Sanctioned for Deceptive Advertising in Landmark Decision in Colombia

By O’Neill Institute

This expert column was written by Isabel Barbosa and Ariadna Tovar Ramírez.  On July 10, 2020, the national authority on consumer protection in Colombia (Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio, or SIC) imposed a fine of approximately US$500,000 on Postobón, the biggest soda company in the country. The decision found that Postobón’s deceptive advertising of the […]



The Final Say on Australia’s Plain Packaging Law at the WTO

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Nicholas J. Diamond, JD, LLM, MBe, an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law. His academic work focuses on the intersection of economic issues, human rights, and the law. On June 9, the World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes concerning Australia’s plain packaging law for tobacco products, which began in 2012, […]



UN Experts Call for Decisive Measures to Tackle NCDs: Front-of-Package Warning Labelling

By O’Neill Institute

This blog post was written by Oscar A. Cabrera and Andrés Constantin. “Without clear efforts to promote action on the prevention of unhealthy diets, the rise of [noncommunicable diseases] will remain on the margins of global health action. States cannot remain passive in the face of NCDs. They should adopt an integral approach to reduce […]



COVID-19: Sounding the Alarm to Revisit National Tobacco Control Measure in India

By O’Neill Institute

This post was written by Kashish Aneja and Dr. Ravi Mehrotra World No Tobacco Day is observed around the globe every year on May 31. This year it holds unparalleled significance in light of the extraordinary global health circumstances we find ourselves in. There is an emerging correlation between tobacco and COVID-19 that reinforces the need […]



From mining to food and beverage, corporations dictate the rules of the game

By Isabel Barbosa

Image courtesy of the Center for Public Integrity The post The mining dam collapse in Brazil has an impact on the right to health, and it is much bigger than you would imagine discussed how the recent environmental disasters in Mariana and Brumadinho, Brazil, affected the population’s health in more or less obvious ways. Later, the post Business, […]



Would Argentina Benefit from a Soda Tax?

By Sofia Bobbio

In Argentina 6 out of 10 adults are overweight, this means that it is one of the countries with the highest rates of obese and overweight people for its population ratio: according to the National Survey of Risk Factors 2019 (ENFR), 66.1% of the adult population of Argentina is overweight – 33.1% of the population […]



Mexico to adopt front-of-package warning labels in the fight for healthy foods

By Isabel Barbosa

On October 22, Mexico’s legislators passed a bill to reform the General Health Law (in Spanish, “Ley General de Salud”) to include front-of-package warning labels. In both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the bill passed in a landslide: in the House of Representatives, there were 458 in favor, 2 abstentions, 0 against; in the Senate, 114 […]



All eyes on menthol

By Darlene Huang

As if the e-cigarette saga weren’t dramatic enough, Juul announced today that it will only sell its tobacco- and menthol-flavored products in the U.S. now. This comes before the current Administration’s announcement of a new flavored e-cigarette policy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is expected any day now, and is the […]

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