The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Smoking declines in Ukraine

 

An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free lawDaily smoking prevalence has decreased for both men and women in Ukraine, according to a survey carried out in October.

Prevalence for men declined almost 3 percent (from 45% to 42%), and for women 2 percentage points (from 11 to 9%), found the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, working with “Advocacy Center LIFE”, an FCA member.

The results also show that the average maximum retail price, written on the packs of cigarettes increased from 8.95 Ukrainian Hryvnia in February 2013 to 12.21 UAH in October 2014.

ASEAN tobacco control atlas released

 

ASEAN Tobacco Control AtlasSmokers in the South-East Asian region (ASEAN) start smoking on average before they are 20, the latest Tobacco Control Atlas has found.

Proposal would keep tobacco taxes dangerously low

Graphic shows taxes rising, smoking droppingThe Eurasian Economic Commission is considering adopting a tobacco tax harmonization proposal through the (EEC). If adopted the tobacco tax proposal would leave prices of tobacco products in the region among the lowest in the world, keeping cigarettes cheap and plentiful for young smokers.

The proposal would also undermine all EEC countries’ strong support of FCTC Article 6 at this year’s COP, as well as Russia’s commitment to bring taxes on tobacco products in line with standards set in the Euro region, says a letter from FCA and partner organisations released 10 November 2014.

FCA's COP6 seminar on FCTC guidelines on price and tax measures

Speakers at FCA's seminar on Article 6 at COP6, 2014.On Monday 13 October, FCA held a technical lunch-time seminar at COP6 on the topic of implementation of Article 6 (price and tax measures). The seminar, which was co-hosted by the Department of Finance of the Philippines and the Federal Revenue Secretariat of Brazil, aimed at promoting the adoption of Article 6 guidelines by showcasing several success stories of long-term tax policies.

Some outcomes of COP6

Opening ceremony, COP6.This is a quick overview of the outcomes of the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP6).

In the opening plenary, INTERPOL’s application for observer status was rapidly rejected because of the organisation’s partnership deal with Philip Morris International.

Health warnings growing globally

CCS report 250pxLarge picture health warnings on tobacco packs are becoming a global trend, a new Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) report has found.

The report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status, found there had been tremendous progress internationally in implementing package warnings.

Tobacco control community lauds "comprehensive" French plan

French Health Minister Marisol TouraineTobacco control advocates in France are enthusiastic about the new plan to fight smoking announced by the government on 25 September.

“It’s a comprehensive plan with real ambition, including strong and innovative measures,” said Yves Bur, president of the Alliance Against Tobacco.

Advocating health and post-2015 goals at the UN General Assembly

Remarkable progress has been made in accelerating the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at global and regional levels since the 2011 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.

Tobacco industry cannot claim to be 'responsible’

SEATCA CSR report2It’s obvious that the core activities of the tobacco industry contradict corporate social responsibility (CSR) but tobacco companies continue using international CSR standards to report their activities and increase their public profiles, finds a new report.

Uruguay’s FCTC Knowledge Hub holds first meeting

Montevideo, Uruguay during COP4, 2010.By Eduardo Bianco
FCA Director, Americas

Uruguay’s FCTC knowledge hub is a potential “gold mine” for development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.