People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Tobacco Control Successes
FCA awards an Orchid on each day of meetings of the FCTC Conference of the Parties, to praise an FCTC Party that has worked to advance negotiations. Ashtrays are awarded to Parties that obstruct proceedings.
The awards are published on the final page of FCA’s daily Bulletin, and are one of the most popular features of the paper.
This web page highlighting advances in global tobacco control is named after the Orchid award.
- Watch a video about the impact of the Orchid and Ashtry awards here.
- See Bulletins from all the FCTC meetings here.
New goals for global sustainable development were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, including the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that form the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will drive the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, improve health and wellbeing, and protect our planet over the next 15 years.
By Deborah Arnott
Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health
In 2010 a new coalition government came to power in Britain, committed to reducing the overall burden of regulation. By January 2014 it had already abolished or simplified 800 regulations, with 2,200 more due for the same treatment before it left office in spring 2015.
As much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.
The government had:
Now is the time for the global tobacco control community to encourage and support tobacco control in Dominican Republic.
By Dr. Samuel Ramos and Dr. Eduardo Bianco*
Dominican Republic is the only country in the Americas that did not sign the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s no surprise: during negotiations on the Convention (2000-2003), tobacco industry representatives were part of the country’s official delegation.
Civil society will play a key role in a coordinating mechanism set up by the Government of Palau to fight the death and disease caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs)*.
The mechanism was announced in May.