The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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Brazen Brazilian official revealed

Let’s say you were taking money for engaging in behaviour that you knew violated office rules. How would you hide it?

You might close your door while talking on the phone; hold meetings outside of the office; even password protect any documents on your computer. But you probably wouldn’t imitate a civil servant who represented Brazil at an international tobacco control meeting last year in Uruguay.

World No Tobacco Day 2011

FCA released a package of information for World No Tobaco Day (WNTD 2011). 

Download the press release: Tobacco control treaty embraced globally but needs boost on the ground.

Press release from Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 225.38 KB]

 

Backgrounder: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) success stories.

Document: Tobacco control for global health and development (including the NCD Summit)

Other materials

News stories

Global fight against tobacco making progress

Countries are making significant, measurable progress in implementing large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packages and other proven measures to reduce tobacco use, says a World health Organization report released yesterday.

Yul Dorotheo wins Wilkenfeld Award

Dr Ulysses “Yul” Dorotheo was awarded the Judy Wilkenfeld Award for excellence in international tobacco control by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on 18 May. 

Dr Dorotheo, a neuro-ophthalmologist, has been a tobacco control advocate for over 10 years. He is the first Asian to win the Wilkenfeld Award.

Dr Dorotheo is currently project director for the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance’s Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SEATCA-SITT), a five-year project aimed primarily at raising tobacco taxes and prices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Activists denounce Togo's deal with industry

African tobacco control groups have denounced a partnership between the Customs administration in Togo and British American Tobacco (BAT).

In a press release the organisations - the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), Alliance Nationale des Consommateurs et de l’Environnement (ANCE-Togo) and the Journalists Network for Tobacco Control in Togo
(REJAT-Togo) - called on the Government of Togo to cancel the agreement, signed 28 April 2011. 

The groups pointed out that the deal violates article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Togo ratified the international tobacco control treaty in 2005.

FCA applauds Moscow Declaration's focus on tobacco control

WASHINGTON, 29 April – The world’s health ministers should be congratulated for identifying tobacco control as a proven tool to fight major killer diseases and boost development, says the Framework Convention Alliance, which represents over 350 organisations from more than 100 countries. 

At the end of a two-day meeting in Moscow, the ministers issued a declaration noting that many countries now face the monumental challenge of combating both communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). To do so successfully, the ministers urged a shift from disease-centred to people-centred healthy systems.

Reducing tobacco use top priority says Lancet

Reducing tobacco use should be the top priority for world leaders trying to tackle the enormous and growing death toll from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), says a report released today in The Lancet.

NCDs – mainly cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease – cause two-thirds of deaths worldwide, and are increasingly responsible for the death toll in developing countries.

On 19-20 September, the United Nations will host a High-level Meeting on NCDs (NCD Summit), only the second health issue – after HIV/AIDS – to be the focus of a UN Summit.

Full FCA press release in: English, French, Spanish

The Lancet

NCD Alliance releases Outcomes Document

The NCD Alliance today released its Preferred Outcomes Document for the UN NCD Summit on 19-20 September.

The Document includes 34 recommendations that the Alliance wants UN Member States to include in their action plan that will emerge from the Summit. The 34 outcomes are grouped into 8 areas of action:

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.

Read the full press release [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 603.67 KB]. 

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.

The document:
•    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.
AT COP-4 IN PUNTA DEL ESTE, Tel: +598-99705263; from Uruguay - 099705263

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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.