The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

UK issues new rules to embassies on support to tobacco industry

UK diplomats must avoid a long list of actions that could be seen to support the tobacco industry, according to new instructions from their government.

The 'guidance' was issued on 6 March 2014, two years after ASH-UK revealed that the UK Ambassador to Panama was lobbying his government on behalf of British American Tobacco (BAT).

Senegal passes tobacco control law!


Advocates are celebrating after Senegal passed its first tobacco control law on 14 March.

The law includes numerous provisions, including:

No evidence that tobacco control increased illicit trade in Latin America

By Eduardo Bianco* and Dardo Curti **

Tobacco control has progressed rapidly in Latin American (LA) countries in the last 10 years, but tobacco taxation policies have lagged.

Smoking drops among Dutch kids, youth

Advocates present Dutch MPs with a petition on World No Tobacco Day 2012.Advocates present Dutch MPs with a petition on World No Tobacco Day 2012. (c) STIVOROSmoking among Dutch children and adolescents (under age 20) fell greatly between 2012 and 2013, from 11 percent daily smoking in 2012 to 9 percent in 2013, according to recent data.

A spectacular drop in daily smoking was seen among 16-year-olds: from 23 percent to 12 percent. The data comes from the Dutch Youth Smoking Monitor of the Trimbos Institute.

Big drop in youth smoking in the Netherlands

Smoking among Dutch children and adolescents (under age 20) fell greatly between 2012 and 2013, from 11 percent daily smoking in 2012 to 9 percent in 2013, according to recent data.

A spectacular drop in daily smoking was seen among 16-year-olds: from 23 percent to 12 percent. The data comes from the Dutch Youth Smoking Monitor of the Trimbos Institute.

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UNDP hosts webinar series on NCDs & development

Tobacco use and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)* pose a major health and development challenge, impeding progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

So far, tobacco control has been the sole responsibility of ministries of health. It is time that more stakeholders, particularly development partners, take an active role in implementing the global treaty on tobacco control, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

2014 Latest pictures: January-February

Take a look at what our members got up to during January and February 2014. Countries featured are Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Poland. 

Latest pictures: January-February 2014

  • Bangladesh

    Bangladesh

    8/2/2014: DAM performs a mobile musical program to promote awareness about smoking. © Dhaka Ahsania Mission

  • Germany

    Germany

    4/2/2014: Dortmund’s mayor Ullrich Sierau rejects a petition (pictured) demanding Inter-tabac ASIA 2014 is cancelled.

  • South Africa

    South Africa

    6 February 2014: Cricket South Africa prints "Non Smoking Stadium" on all cricket game tickets.

  • Bangladesh

    Bangladesh

    12/2/2014: A mobile court fines a shop for advertising tobacco products in Dhaka. © Dhaka Ahsania Mission

  • Poland

    Poland

    14/2/2014: Competition artwork that Polish organisation Sfajerowani ran to motivate teenagers to fight against tobacco companies and youth smoking.

 

Greetings from the 2014 Board!

On behalf of the entire FCA Board of Directors, I want to wish you all the best in 2014!

Allow me to start by announcing the outcomes of the recent 2014 Election of Officers of the FCA Board of Directors:

Chair: Ulysses Dorotheo (WPRO); Vice Chair: Fouad Fouad (EMRO), Treasurer: Melodie Tilson (At-Large); Secretary: Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki (At-Large).

Tobacco control ‘hotspots’ in 2014

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below are some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2014.

Six of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

Pacific trade deal: US attorneys back Malaysia’s proposed ‘carve out'


By Chris Bostic

Deputy Director of Policy, ASH (US)

On 27 January, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman requesting that tobacco products be exempted from all trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) now being negotiated.

The letter is direct and well-reasoned, but perhaps the most exciting aspect is the number of signatures – 45 individual attorneys general.