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FCTC Parties must adopt measures for faster implementation

NEW DELHI, 4 November 2016 – One billion people – nearly the population of India – will die from tobacco use this century unless current trends change: Parties to the FCTC COP meeting in New Delhi next week can take meaningful steps to alter that forecast.

FCA Policy Briefing for COP7: Sustainable measures to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC: report by the working group

Key recommendations

  • A number of recommendations proposed by the working group are related to resource mobilisation and should be adopted by COP7;
  • COP should further elaborate on some of these recommendations and take the following actions:
  1. Regularly review and endorse priority implementation needs of Parties;
  2. Request the Secretariat to organise an FCTC financing dialog to communicate Parties’ implementation needs to donors; and
  3. Appropriately include work on investment studies for FCTC implementation both globally and country level, as well as on an Art 5.2 toolkit, in the FCTC workplan and budget.
  • Work should be undertaken so that an action plan on implementation assistance is submitted to COP8 for consideration. The plan should reflect COP’s commitment to reduce tobacco use prevalence by 30 percent by 2025.

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COP7 video preview

Watch FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson preview the seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It takes place 7-12 November 2016 in New Delhi, India.

Tobacco industry targets Cameroon kids

Sales outlets next to a schoolThe tobacco industry is using multiple marketing strategies to encourage school children in Cameroon to smoke, a recent report found.

Invest in tobacco control to end poverty: SEATCA

 SEATCA Executive Director, Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee.

Bangkok, Thailand - 30 August 2016: It is possible to end poverty in the next 14 years.

Advocates gets tobacco industry rep. removed as speaker at UN meeting

Quick action by tobacco control advocates resulted in a representative from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) being dropped as a speaker at a meeting on investment policy hosted by the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

FCA members among WNTD award winners

Once again this year many FCA members, partners and colleagues received World No Tobacco Day Awards.

Congratulations to all the winners, including:

Battling Big Tobacco’s propaganda on plain packaging

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In an effort to block plain packaging laws coming into force across the world, the tobacco industry keeps pedalling propaganda about links to rising amounts of illicit tobacco.

Pictured: HMRC's estimate of the size of the illicit tobacco market in the UK, plotted alongside the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes (in 2014 GPP). The illicit market has consistently fallen at a time when tobacco prices have increased

Tobacco taxes rise 17% in Jamaica: not enough says FCA member

Kick Butts Day in Jamaica, 2012.A 17 percent increase in tobacco excise taxes is positive but even with the hike, Jamaica’s tobacco tax rate still falls short of the 70 percent of the price of the product recommended by the World Health Organization, says FCA member Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC).

India's tobacco tax hike inadequate

The increase in the tobacco tax rate in the recent Indian budget will have little health benefit as tobacco prices are unlikely to rise markedly, says Dr Monika Arora, Director of the Health Promotion Division at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

Dutch court loss produces a win

Image: Youth Smoking Prevention FoundationA court in the Netherlands has denied a civil society suit against the government for its contacts with the tobacco industry, but the action produced a new policy that lays out rules for future interactions.

Beware ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns SEATCA

South-East Asian governments should be wary of recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns an FCA member organisation.

Released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC), the manual promotes the interests of the tobacco industry and should not be considered a tool to help governments, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Ukraine one step closer to larger package warnings after committee vote

Andrii_Skipalskyi, Chairman, Advocacy Center Life On 7 Oct 2015, the healthcare committee of Ukraine’s Parliament approved a draft law that calls for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco packages.

The law, based on a 2014 European Union directive, is staunchly opposed by the tobacco industry, whose representatives attended an intense committee session on 7 Oct. The measures in the draft law include: