People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Coalition urges Jamaica to respect FCTC
The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control is becoming increasingly concerned about the decision to expand the production of tobacco growing in Jamaica, which is in direct contravention of the World Health Organization (WHO) treaty - The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Government of Jamaica signed the FCTC on 24 September 2003 and ratified it on 7 July 2005.
In addition to the expansion of tobacco production, the Government is also in breach of its obligations under the FCTC as it relates to the passing of tobacco control legislation.
In contravention of this treaty, the Government through the Ministry of Education and the Child Development Agency has been collaborating with the tobacco company in the promotion of youth anti tobacco campaigns.
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Honduran president must veto changes to law
On Wednesday 23 February, just two days after the national tobacco control law went into effect, the Honduras Congress voted to approve an amendment to the law that reduces the required pictorial health warnings on tobacco packages from 80 per cent to 50 per cent.
The new amendment also provides the tobacco industry three more months to meet the new warning label requirements.
ASH-UK warns on tobacco in shops
ASH UK is pleased that the Secretary of State acknowledges that tobacco packaging is used to recruit new smokers and his commitment to consult on plain packaging. However, this should not stand in the way of the implementation of measures already on the statute books to put tobacco out of sight in shops.
Global community unites against tobacco industry interference
Declaration at treaty meeting affirms priority of public health over trade
PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY – As the host country for this week’s tobacco control treaty meetings braces for a legal challenge from Philip Morris International (PMI) to its graphic cigarette warning labels, 172 Parties are uniting behind Uruguay in a declaration adopted this morning.
The declaration reaffirms the right of Parties to the treaty, “to give priority to their right to public health” over trade, given the “devastating worldwide health, social, economic, and environmental consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.”
“Today, while one deadly corporation disputes the priority of public health over its profits, the global community has begged to differ – taking a unified stand against industry interference and intimidation,” said Gigi Kellett of Corporate Accountability International.
The declaration, proposed by Uruguay, can immediately assist the country in its case with PMI, not to mention the countless Parties facing similar legal intimidation, industry interference in health policy, and manipulation of the treaty process.
• reaffirms that health is a fundamental right of every human being;
• affirms the sovereign right of all Parties to protect health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry;
• declares Parties’ concern regarding the tobacco industry’s current and ongoing efforts to “subvert and undermine government policies on tobacco control;”
• declares the need to exchange information nationally and internationally regarding the tobacco industry’s efforts to interfere in the implementation of the treaty;
The full language of the declaration is available at http://apps.who.int/gb/fctc/E/E_cop4.htm.
“Uruguay is not alone in its struggle and the legal challenge that spurred this declaration is not the only reason for its being proposed,” said Yul Francisco Dorado, Latin America Director for Corporate Accountability International. “Just this week, the industry has used front groups to bully delegates and mislead the media. It has sent dozens of representatives to walk the halls of a treaty meeting it is prohibited from participating in. And that’s just what is in plain view. This declaration says enough is enough, we cannot get down to the business of saving lives unless Big Tobacco is directly challenged.”
Corporate Accountability International, formerly Infact, is a membership organization that protects people by waging and winning campaigns challenging irresponsible and dangerous corporate actions around the world. For 30 years, the organization has compelled corporations—like Nestlé, General Electric and Philip Morris/Altria—to halt a range of abuses. Corporate Accountability is an NGO in Official Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT) includes more than 100 NGOs from more than 50 countries working for a strong, enforceable Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
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COP-4 overcomes industry efforts, delivers progress on global tobacco control
PUNTA DEL ESTE, Uruguay, Nov, 20, 2010 – The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the global tobacco treaty ended Saturday with major achievements for public health in the face of unprecedented efforts by the tobacco industry to block progress in reducing the millions of lives lost annually to tobacco-related diseases.
NGO blasts Philippine COP-4 delegation
Civil society representatives awarded the Philippine delegation to COP-4 with the shameful Dirty Ashtray award for promoting tobacco industry interests through the use of international trade laws.
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance in the Philippines (FCAP) says the delegation served as the tobacco industry's mouthpiece in criticising the draft guidelines on regulating the contents of tobacco products and requiring disclosure of tobacco products contents.
NGO asks Zambia to apologize to WHO
A non-government association in Zambia has denounced the Zambian government’s claims that the WHO is destabilising the world tobacco trade, which will in turn harm Zambia’s economy.
The Tobacco-Free Association of Zambia (TOFAZA) says it is against such wild accusations, and against calling for amendments to relevant Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) articles. As a result TOFAZA is calling on its government to apologise to WHO for its unwarranted attacks.
Latin America leads global progress developing new smoke-free policy
In the past two years the number of countries that have implemented comprehensive smoke-free laws has more than doubled and Latin America remains at the forefront of global progress, says Global Smokefree Partnership’s (GSP) Status Report on Article 8.1
The report was launched at the Fourth Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), being held in Punta del este, Uruguay, 15-20 November.
Successes underscore need for more action on tobacco treaty
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MONTEVIDEO, Nov 15 – A new global report indicates that efforts to combat the global tobacco epidemic are lagging, in spite of strong progress in some countries. The report, Tobacco Watch: Monitoring Countries’ Performance on the Global Treaty, was released today by the Framework Convention Alliance, a coalition of over 350 nongovernmental organisations from over 100 countries.
The report focuses on a few key tobacco control measures required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world’s first modern-day public health treaty. The release coincides with the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the FCTC, held in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
TC advocates raise industry alarm in Tanzania
As Parties to the global tobacco treaty prepare for their biennial meeting in Uruguay, Tanzanian tobacco control advocates are raising the alarm against tobacco multinationals’ tactics to hinder the adoption of effective guidelines on Article 9 and 10 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Industry attacks FCTC under guise of protecting farmers
WASHINGTON – As Parties to the global tobacco treaty prepare for their biannual meeting in Uruguay, the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) is facing attacks worldwide from the tobacco industry.
Philippines’ court rules against tobacco giant
Article 5.3: industry interference
The global tobacco control community is celebrating a court decision in the Philippines that dismissed a challenge by the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Company (PMFTC) of the Department of Health’s (DOH) graphic health information policy.
The decision in the Tanauan trial court means the DOH can ban the use of terms like “light” and “low tar” on packages of cigarettes and other tobacco products. Such labels, known as misleading descriptors, trick consumers into believing that such tobacco products are safer than others, but there is no scientific evidence to back such claims.
Health leaders to resist industry and reduce smoking
Health leaders in the Americas vowed to resist tobacco industry pressure and support efforts to reduce tobacco use during a recent meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).