People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 06 December 2013
With the new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Pacific sub-region in place, most Pacific island countries are well positioned to advocate for implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a development priority.
- Published on 04 December 2013
By Dr. Olcott Gunasekera*
President, Sri Lanka National Federation on Smoking or Health
Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Hon. Maitripala Sirisena, took a bold step in 2012 by announcing mandatory pictorial health warnings to cover 80 percent of the total area of a packet, package or carton of cigarettes. The effective date of implementation was 12 November 2012, which was later extended to 1 March 2013.
- Published on 27 November 2013
Ireland has taken another step towards plain packaging, after its Cabinet approved a Bill to make all cigarette packaging standardised with health warnings.
The Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 will eliminate all branding on packs, such as logos, trademarks, colours and graphics.
- Published on 26 November 2013
Congratulations to the three FCA members who will begin terms on the Alliance's Board of Directors in January 2014! They were chosen during the election that ended on 7 Nov.
Fouad Fouad will begin his second term as FCA director for the WHO's Eastern Mediterreanean (EMRO) region; Issah Ali will sit as director for the Africa (AFRO) region, and Mônica Andreis will hold an At-Large position.