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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.

Groups oppose Philip Morris trade lobbying

TransPacific Partnership 240212 c Natsuki SakaiAFLOJapanese farmers protest the TransPacific Partnership (c) Natsuki SakaiAFLOUS-based tobacco control advocates have blown the whistle on sponsorship by tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) of a lobbying event for an international trade deal in Washington, DC on Friday.

The US$1,200-$1,500 per plate event is a chance for corporate executives to lobby on the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade agreement being negotiated between the United States and eight other Pacific Rim countries.

NGOs Issue Global Call on Namibia to stand strong against tobacco industry bullying

In response to British American Tobacco (BAT)’s threats to sue the government of Namibia, a global network representing more than 50 countries is calling on the government to prioritise public health and stand strong in the face of industry bullying.

Read the full press release from Corporate Accountability International and the Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT).

Tobacco control's impact immediate - Lancet

An article in this week’s The Lancet medical journal illustrates that timely global action on tobacco control would yield swift health gains at a low price, says the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

“This Lancet article is further proof that implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is an effective way to cut tobacco use,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber. “It is also a public health best buy. A WHO report released just ahead of the NCD Summit found that tobacco control can be put in place in low and middle income countries for an investment of just US$0.11 per person per year.”

FCA: Global tobacco control commitment needs fast follow up

Global leaders should be congratulated for committing to stronger tobacco control, the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) said in a press release Monday.

“We are very encouraged that the Political Declaration agreed today at the UN High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) commits governments to accelerated implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC),” said Laurent Huber, FCA executive director.

FCA condemns interference with Manila ban

MANILA, Philippines - International tobacco-control organisations on Friday expressed support for the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) ban on smoking on public roads in the metropolis.

The groups, in a press statement, also accused the tobacco industry of having a hand in the case filed against MMDA's smoking ban.

"In a TV interview last month, complainant Antony Clemente confessed that he was paid by a tobacco company to take MMDA to court but retracted his statement through his lawyer hours after the airing of the news programme.

State of Summit talks is "unacceptable", says NCD Alliance

Leaders of the NCD Alliance have told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the state of the draft Political Declaration for the NCD Summit is "unacceptable". 

The leaders of the Alliance's four founding organisations* released a letter to the Secretary-General on Thursday, nearly two weeks after negotiations on the Declaration were postponed because UN Member States couldn't reach consensus on a number of points.

"The situation is urgent. The social and economic cost of inaction is extremely high," says the letter.

Colombia's advertising ban comes into force

A comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship came into force in Colombia on Thursday.

In municipalities around the country, public health organisations marked the day by launching education campaigns to raise awareness about the national law, which is a road map for Colombia to meet its obligations under the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.