People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control
By Xu Guihua
China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.
Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit
As much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.
The government had:
Tobacco control at risk as trade talks continue
Negotiators from 12 countries are meeting in Hawaii at the end of July in an attempt to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment agreement. As of this writing, the fate of two proposals on tobacco is unknown.
FCA and partners celebrate recognition of key role of tobacco taxation
FCA and other global public health groups welcome the recommendation from world leaders that governments increase tobacco taxes as a key strategy to reduce tobacco consumption and the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Kenyan civil society battles on
Even as they await a crucial court ruling scheduled for 10 July, activists in Kenya continue to fight for tobacco control measures to be put in place.
The High Court is set to rule this week on whether the Kenyan Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) can become a party to the tobacco industry’s petition against proposed new regulations.
Op-ed published on tobacco tax and sustainable development
An opinion article developed by FCA on tobacco taxation was published by IPS News on 26 May.
Signed by Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the article argues for tobacco taxation to be highlighted as an effective domestic tool for financing sustainable development.
Advocates target PMI’s 2015 shareholder meeting
Tobacco control advocates from Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids led protests at the 2015 shareholder meeting of Philip Morris International, the world’s largest international tobacco corporation.
FCA coordinator at Americas Summit
FCA Regional Coordinator for the Americas, Eduardo Bianco, was one of the civil society leaders invited to a roundtable with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, US President Barack Obama and Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis in Panama City on 10 April 2015.
The roundtable preceded the Summit of the Americas.
Fact Sheet: Costing action, and inaction, on tobacco control
An effective strategy to get the attention of all units of a government is to calculate the cost to the economy associated with the tobacco epidemic and compare this figure with the cost of implementing policies and programmes to address it.
FCTC 10th anniversary slideshow
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) turned 10 on 27 Feb 2015. See what it looked liked in countries before and after tobacco control measures were implemented.
Click on a thumbnail below to launch the slideshow.
Visit our 10th anniversary web page to see more materials developed for the day.
The FCTC is 10: should we celebrate?
February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.
Today the FCTC has 180 Parties, making it among the most widely-adopted international instruments. About 90 percent of the world’s population falls under the FCTC’s protections. The creators of the Convention were bold in their intentions – “to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption.”
Norway next for plain packs?
Norway's health minister announced on 9 February that the government will start public consultations on plain packaging of tobacco products at the end of the month.
FCA joins Action/2015 push for global health measures
FCA is joining hundreds of global organisations in launching the Action/2015 campaign to call for health measures (including tobacco control) to be included in the new global goals for human development.
In joining the Action/2015 campaign FCA released a video (below) stressing that health must become a global priority.