Introducing a feel-good anti-smoking campaign Tuesday, 11 January, 2011 The Federal Office of Public Health has taken a new tack in its effort to stamp out smoking. It’s using positive messages and images in the place of the traditional dark hallmarks of government anti-smoking campaigns. WRS’s Susan Flory calls up Adrian Kammer, head of campaigns for the office, who agrees it’s an unusual way to drive home the anti-smoking message, but one they’re hoping is more effective:
Swiss company to hit a billion cigars Monday, 11 October, 2010 One billion cigars and cigarillos this year—not coming from Cuba but from Swiss maker Villiger. Reporter Alex Helmick explores the Villiger tobacco headquarters and production line and the company’s task of keeping cigars independent of cigarettes:
Growing tobacco 'epidemic' among women and girls Monday, 31 May, 2010 “Tobacco use is neither liberating nor glamorous. It is addictive and deadly.” Those are the words of Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organisation, which is marking World No Tobacco Day today. The UN health body is focusing this year on the dangers of tobacco for women and girls, and the way that tobacco advertising is targeting them. WRS’s Conor Lennon spoke with WHO spokesperson Barbara Zolti:
Smokers to face graphic health warnings Thursday, 25 June, 2009 Swiss smokers will soon have to look at graphic images of the damage done by smoking, including a body in a morgue, a child with an oxygen mask and diseased lungs. Cigarette manufacturers will have to carry these photos from january 1, 2010. Will this make much difference to people who already see ’smoking kills’ on their packets?
WHO promotes graphic cigarette packs Monday, 1 June, 2009 The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) says graphic images on cigarette packs will cut the numbers of people smoking. The Geneva-based WHO pushed the plan for Sunday’s World No Tobacco Day. 20 countries have backed the idea with Switzerland expected to do so in 2010.
Smoking ban initiative meets first opposition Tuesday, 26 May, 2009 Yesterday the popular initiative to modify the federal law on smoking bans kicked off, with the Swiss Lung League along with other anti-smoking groups are hoping to toughen up the current legislation on smoking in public places.
Swiss smokers cutting down Tuesday, 19 May, 2009 A government study of smokers in Switzerland has revealed that the proportion of smokers has dropped from 33 to 27 percent. The research - commissioned from the University of Zurich - reports the biggest fall was among 35 to 44-year-olds, where the percentage fell from 35 to 26. The government says the drop in the number of smokers is down to higher taxes on tobacco, which drive up the price of cigarettes, along with prevention campaigns. WRS’s Catherine Allen spoke to the director of the Swiss Association for Smoking Prevention, Verena El Fehri, and asked her whether the new figures surprised her.
Geneva's smoking ban overturned Tuesday, 30 September, 2008 The Federal Court in Lausanne has ruled that the ban on smoking in public places in Geneva is null and void.
Last call for Geneva smokers Monday, 30 June, 2008 Geneva residents fond of smoking in bars and restaurants better get those last smokes in now. A ban on smoking in public places goes into effect Tuesday. WRS’s Jordan Davis hit the bars to find out what patrons think.
Tobacco giant defends smokers' rights Friday, 18 April, 2008 British American Tobacco Switzerland, the country’s second-largest tobacco company, has held its annual press conference in Geneva. The company has come out in favour of a nationwide ban on smoking in public places – as long as there are provisions for smoking areas or all-smoking establishments. BAT also reasserted its determination not to use advertising to target minors, stating their aim was only to persuade adult smokers to buy their products. World Radio Switzerland’s Catherine Allen spoke to the company’s director of corporate and legal affairs, Claudio Rollini.
Checking in on Switzerland's first smoking ban Monday, 25 February, 2008 Cantonal authorities in Geneva will have to decide the specifics on the newly passed smoking ban. Voters in the canton approved a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and offices. So WRS decided to take a glimpse at a ban in Switzerland that’s been going on for more than a year now. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmick went to the canton of Ticino for a closer look.
Campaign aims at passive smoking and children Monday, 4 February, 2008 Monday is World Cancer Day, where groups get together to raise awareness about the second-leading cause of death in Switzerland. The International campaign is focused on children and the effects of passive or secondhand smoke. The aim is to get adults to create environments that are 100 percent smoke free when children are around. World Radio Switzerland’s Alex Helmick talked with one of the organizers of the World Cancer Day and the campaign, “I love my smoke-free childhood.”