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Smoking declines in Ukraine


An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free lawDaily smoking prevalence has decreased for both men and women in Ukraine, according to a survey carried out in October.

Prevalence for men declined almost 3 percent (from 45% to 42%), and for women 2 percentage points (from 11 to 9%), found the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, working with “Advocacy Center LIFE”, an FCA member.

The results also show that the average maximum retail price, written on the packs of cigarettes increased from 8.95 Ukrainian Hryvnia in February 2013 to 12.21 UAH in October 2014.

ASEAN tobacco control atlas released


ASEAN Tobacco Control AtlasSmokers in the South-East Asian region (ASEAN) start smoking on average before they are 20, the latest Tobacco Control Atlas has found.

Parties must make COP6 decisions immediate priorities

Decisions made at COP6 in Moscow will save hundreds of millions of lives if governments work to implement them immediately, said the Framework Convention Alliance.

Health warnings growing globally

CCS report 250pxLarge picture health warnings on tobacco packs are becoming a global trend, a new Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) report has found.

The report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status, found there had been tremendous progress internationally in implementing package warnings.

COP6 must adopt tobacco tax guidelines

Governments can take an important step toward preventing hundreds of millions of premature deaths by adopting, without change, draft guidelines on tobacco taxes, says the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

Groups calls on United Way to stop taking tobacco industry funds

The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is calling on the non-profit United Way of Jamaica to stop accepting funding from Carreras, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco.

Complete ban on all POS advertising needed in Ukraine

Blatant cigarette promotion at a Ukraine POSThe Smoke Free Ukraine Project is calling on the country’s government to completely ban all cigarette pack displays from points of sales (POS).

The move follows a recent monitoring project carried out by the Regional Advocacy Center (Life) and Smoke Free Ukraine Coalition (SFUC).

Ireland moves towards plain packaging

Example of imagery on an Australian plain pack. (c) Gov't of Australia.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.

Tobacco treaty’s Parties paying up

Payment of assessments owed by Parties of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is improving slowly, according to the latest figures released by the Framework Convention Secretariat.

The number of Parties that have never paid their assessment (known as a voluntary assessed contribution, or VAC) since the system started in 2006-7 has fallen to 22 from 27 in February this year.

Tobacco industry relentlessly undermining advertising bans

World No Tobacco Day press release: Countering challenges to protect public health requires global effort

GENEVA, 31 May – You may think that tobacco advertising has been effectively banned, because you no longer see it on TV, radio and in newspapers. Think again. Consider billboards, Facebook, check-out counters, cigarette packages and the more than 15 billion tobacco images delivered yearly to audiences of Hollywood and Bollywood films.

Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people each year. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million worldwide by 2030. Studies have shown that tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is the driver of this global epidemic.

Fiji finalises cigarette health warnings

Fiji will require the tobacco industry to put in place graphic health warnings that cover 30 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of cigarette packages by July 2013.

This equals an average of 60 percent of the front and back.

English text will feature on the front while bilingual text (iTaukei and Hindi) will appear on the back of the packs. There will be five different warnings highlighting the physical effects of smoking on organs in the body.

Costa Rican stadium wins first annual global smoke-free award

The Estadio José Rafael "Fello" Meza Ivancovich in Costa Rica is the first winner of the Global Smokefree Stadia Award.

The award was announced on 7 March by The Global Smokefree Partnership. Its goal is to reward stadia worldwide that take steps to protect athletes, fans and workers from second-hand smoke.

Estadio José Rafael "Fello" Meza Ivancovich was the first stadium in Costa Rica and the entire Latin American Region to be declared smoke-free. This happened years before the national government adopted smoke-free legislation.