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INB4 - Negotiations on Illicit Trade Protocol on Tobacco Products Making Progress, but Not there Yet

Sunday, 21st March 2010, Geneva, Switzerland:

International talks in Geneva on a new treaty to fight the global problem of illicit trade in tobacco products have ended without a final agreement. But Parties did make some significant progress.

Latest research: Stakes get higher in tobacco smuggling

Sunday, June 28 2009, Geneva, Switzerland: The illicit trade in cigarettes costs governments $40.5 billion in lost revenue every year, with losses falling disproportionately on low and middle income countries, and the benefits of international action are likely to far outweigh the costs, latest research has shown.

Norway divests $2 billion from tobacco companies

Today, the Norwegian Government announced that it will divest its funds from all companies which take more than five percent of their profits from tobacco production.

The Norwegian government pension fund, Global, which according to is considered to be the world’s second largest pension fund, has till recently held huge interests in the tobacco industry.

Advertencias sanitarias y la eliminación de la publicidad

Dr Winston Abascal (middle) with other public health representatives from Uruguay are delighted their country will host the next international conference of the WHO FCTC.Durban, Sudáfrica – Los países que participaron en la Conferencia de las Partes al Convenio Marco dieron pasos cruciales esta semana en la lucha contra la epidemia del tabaco y en reducir el número de muertes causados por el tabaco a nivel mundial. Los países Partes decidieron adoptar fuertes directrices para una prohibición total de la publicidad, promoción y patrocinio de los productos de tabaco y se espera que también adopten fuertes directrices para el uso de grandes advertencias sanitarias con pictogramas.

Nations Take Strong Stand on Tobacco Ad Bans and Effective Warning Labels; Must Provide Funds

Dr Winston Abascal (middle) with other public health representatives from Uruguay are delighted their country will host the next international conference of the WHO FCTC.Durban, South Africa - Nations attending the World Health Organisation’s tobacco control treaty conference made critical strides this week in the fight against the tobacco epidemic and in reducing the number of tobacco related deaths worldwide. Attending Parties decided to adopt strong guidelines on a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship and it is expected that Parties will also adopt strong guidelines on the use of large, pictorial and effective tobacco warnings.

COP-3 media briefing: Africa at the crossroads of tobacco control

If current trends continue, by 2030 tobacco use will cause eight million deaths a year – and 80% of these will occur in the developing world, the World Health Organization estimates.

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COP-3 media briefing: the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. It was adopted unanimously by the World Health Assembly in May 2003, By November 2008, it had 160 Parties – 159 out of the 193 WHO member states and the European Community.

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COP-3 media briefing: closing the loopholes in bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is particularly forthright when it comes to tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship: Article 13 obliges Parties to the Convention to impose a comprehensive ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Where Parties’ domestic constitutional principles prevent such a ban, Parties are obliged to impose restrictions to the greatest extent possible.

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COP-3 media briefing: packaging - amplifying warnings . . . blocking deception

Warnings on tobacco product packs have the power to increase awareness of the health effects of tobacco use and to reduce tobacco consumption.

The bigger the warnings, the better they work. And when pictures and words are used together, the warnings have greater impact.

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COP-3 media briefing: industry interference - guidelines must protect health policy from industry sabotage

Every tobacco-related death is potentially preventable. But governments can only begin to realize their potential to save lives if they develop and implement effective public health policy that embraces tobacco control wholeheartedly.

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Africa tobacco control activists gather forces for sustained battle

Durban ( SOUTH AFRICA)-- Tobacco control activists from 21 African countries are meeting in Durban to gear-up for sustained and coordinated action to halt the alarming increase in tobacco use across the continent.

Their two-day workshop takes place on the eve of the third conference of government delegates from 160 countries that have ratified the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). This major event kicks off in Durban, at the International Convention Centre, on Monday (17 November).

Nations meet to give strength to global treaty to combat illicit tobacco trade

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – On October 20, government representatives will meet to negotiate a protocol which recognizes the serious threat posed to public health by the illicit trade in tobacco products – primarily through the undermining of tax policy – and the cross-border nature of illicit trade, which means that no state can effectively address the problem on its own.

INB-2 Media briefing Technology and Illicit Trade

Illicit trade in tobacco products poses a pervasive and ever-changing global problem. The smuggling and counterfeiting of hundreds of billions of cigarettes each year seriously harms public health, erodes government treasuries, and threatens public safety and security by supporting organized crime and terrorist networks.

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