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Tobacco triumph in trade deal

WASHINGTON, DC –
5 October 2015 – In a major victory for public health, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement concluded this morning with built-in protections to prevent private corporations from suing governments over anti-tobacco regulations.

Fight against NCDs endorsed in global development agenda!

New goals for global sustainable development were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, including the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that form the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will drive the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, improve health and wellbeing, and protect our planet over the next 15 years.

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

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs 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

A campaign in favour of the regulationsEven 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

Protesting PMI marketing to minors.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 Eduardo Bianco, far left. Taken from news video.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?

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan

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.”