People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 06 January 2014
Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Boosting tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would encourage people to quit smoking altogether rather than switch to a cheaper brand, and would help stop young people from starting, concludes the review, Global Effects of Smoking, of Quitting and of Taxing Tobacco.
- Published on 18 December 2013
You will have to be at least 18 years of age to buy tobacco in the Netherlands as of 1 January 2014.
But the new rule is not a signal that the government is getting tough on tobacco use, says one advocate.
- Published on 11 December 2013
In this video, FCA members describe the important role that the Alliance plays at meetings of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), especially the Orchid and Ashtray awards in the FCA Bulletin.
- Published on 11 December 2013
By Ibrahim Maïga Djibo
President, SOS-Tabagisme Niger
In November, Niger announced that it will increase the excise duty on tobacco products to the maximum 45 percent as of 1 January 2014. The increase follows years of advocacy work by civil society, led by SOS-Tabagisme Niger.
The announcement is important because it is widely accepted that increasing the price of tobacco products is the most effective way to reduce tobacco consumption.
- Published on 10 December 2013
By Ulysses Dorotheo,
Chair of the FCA Board
Dear FCA colleagues and friends,
You've probably heard that the sixth Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC will take place next year in Moscow, Russia, from 13 to 18 October.
At COP5 in 2012, thanks in part to the work of FCA members, FCTC Parties made some important decisions, including the adoption of a "set of guiding principles and recommendations" on Article 6 (tax and price measures) and the creation of a Working Group on Sustainable Measures to Strengthen Implementation of the FCTC.
- Published on 09 December 2013
A key responsibility of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is to report progress on implementing the Convention*. Via these reports – which are completed in questionnaire format – Parties can share information on their successes and about the obstacles that they face.
Reporting also improves information-sharing and can lead to better monitoring of the tobacco industry's activities.
- Published on 06 December 2013
With the new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Pacific sub-region in place, most Pacific island countries are well positioned to advocate for implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a development priority.
- Published on 04 December 2013
By Dr. Olcott Gunasekera*
President, Sri Lanka National Federation on Smoking or Health
Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Hon. Maitripala Sirisena, took a bold step in 2012 by announcing mandatory pictorial health warnings to cover 80 percent of the total area of a packet, package or carton of cigarettes. The effective date of implementation was 12 November 2012, which was later extended to 1 March 2013.
- Published on 26 November 2013
Congratulations to the three FCA members who will begin terms on the Alliance's Board of Directors in January 2014! They were chosen during the election that ended on 7 Nov.
Fouad Fouad will begin his second term as FCA director for the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region; Issah Ali will sit as director for the Africa (AFRO) region, and Mônica Andreis will hold an At-Large position.