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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.

Measures adopted at COP5 will save millions

Delegates at a global tobacco control meeting that ended Saturday should be congratulated for taking last-minute decisions that will spare millions of people globally from death due to tobacco use, according to the civil society Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

Representatives of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) also stood firm against relentless efforts by the tobacco industry to steer them away from adopting measures that would tackle the tobacco epidemic.

COP5 Parties must adopt measures on taxation and illicit trade

Parties to international meeting must reverse trend expected to result in 1 billion tobacco-related deaths by adopting measures on taxation, illicit trade

SEOUL, November 9, 2012 – The 176 Parties to the global tobacco control convention must not miss next week’s opportunity to fight the devastation wrought by the global tobacco epidemic, and should adopt landmark measures on taxation and illicit trade, says the civil society grouping Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) meet for their fifth session (COP5) in Seoul, 12-17 November. They represent governments that have agreed to implement a range of tobacco control measures in the FCTC – from putting graphic warnings on tobacco packages, to banning tobacco advertising, and creating smoke-free spaces.

Three years of advocacy helped produce tobacco control measures in Ukraine


Ukraine labelOne of the picture labels, which says "smokers die at an early age" (c) Ukraine gvtAll tobacco packages in Ukraine now have pictorial warnings on the front and back, following a new law which came into place 4 October 2012.

The law requires all tobacco packs to have pictorial health warnings that cover 50 percent of the back side, and text messages covering 50 percent of the front side. Previously, packs in Ukraine had a 30 per cent text message on both sides.

TC advocates slam tobacco industry for "insulting" Indonesians

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) today slammed the global tobacco industry for "insulting" Indonesia with its second consecutive World Tobacco Asia (WTA) 2012 exhibition in Jakarta, effectively treating the country as  a ‘fast developing market’ for its product that cause death and diseases.

Big Tobacco expands global attacks on public health

On World No Tobacco Day, governments must stand together in defence of public health, says a joint press release by FCA, the American Cancer Society, Corporate Accountability International and the World Lung Foundation.

The global tobacco industry is expanding its war against public health, beyond national courts and into the international arena. Governments must understand these new threats, and stand together to defend their sovereignty and public health, adds the release.

Final agreement on fighting illicit tobacco must include support for low-income countries

GENEVA, March 27 – Civil society is urging Parties to the global tobacco convention, which are preparing to conclude an agreement on fighting illicit trade of tobacco products, to ensure that the deal includes measures to support low-income countries.

"The illicit trade protocol (ITP) will only be effective if it can be applied in developing as well as developed countries, as it is a myth that the illicit tobacco trade operates only in countries where prices are high," said Laurent Huber, Director of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

Report finds Big Tobacco slowing implementation of countries’ tobacco control plans

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Tobacco control was declared a ‘best buy’ in fighting killer diseases (NCDs) at 2011 UN Summit

SINGAPORE, March 20 – Tobacco industry influence over countries’ tobacco control plans is blocking a key tool in fighting killer diseases like cancer, says a report released Tuesday by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

In September 2011, world leaders singled out tobacco control as key to tackling the skyrocketing global burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

The FCA report, Tobacco Watch: Monitoring Countries’ Performance on the Global Treaty, documents various industry activities in numerous countries that are Parties to the first modern-day global health treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Such activities contravene measures in the Convention’s Article 5.3, and its Guidelines, on tobacco industry interference.

Article 5.3, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – Tobacco Industry Interference

Article 5.3 of the FCTC states:In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.

Guidelines on implementing Article 5.3 were subsequently developed and approved by the Parties to the FCTC to assist them to meet their legal obligations under Article 5.3. The purpose of the Guidelines is to ensure that efforts to protect tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry are comprehensive and effective.