People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 14 June 2016
An "international coalition" seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products is actually an alliance of free-market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.
Almost all of the 47 organizations that signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Head Margaret Chan are members of the Atlas Network, a US organisation whose mission is "to litter the world with free-market think-tanks", and which has received funding from tobacco giant Philip Morris.
- Published on 08 June 2016
The global tobacco control community celebrated World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The theme was Getting Ready for Plain Packaging.
A number of important developments occurred to mark the day:
- Published on 03 June 2016
Once again this year many FCA members, partners and colleagues received World No Tobacco Day Awards.
Congratulations to all the winners, including:
- Published on 02 June 2016
A new index is helping governments in South-East Asia strengthen implementation of tobacco packaging and labelling in their countries.
Released by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, (SEATCA) the Tobacco Packaging and Labelling Index evaluates how countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) implement recommendations from Article 11 guidelines of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
- Published on 30 May 2016
Dr Hong Gwan Seo’s conversion to tobacco control activist began as he puffed on a cigarette reading medical literature on the harms caused by smoking.
“As a doctor I thought I knew the dangers, but as I read I realized smoking was crazy; it was like committing suicide slowly. So I quit.”
- Published on 19 May 2016
Congratulations to France and the UK, which on 20 May 2016 join Australia as countries that have adopted plain packaging for tobacco products.
- Published on 17 May 2016
In an effort to block plain packaging laws coming into force across the world, the tobacco industry keeps pedalling propaganda about links to rising amounts of illicit tobacco.
Pictured: HMRC's estimate of the size of the illicit tobacco market in the UK, plotted alongside the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes (in 2014 GPP). The illicit market has consistently fallen at a time when tobacco prices have increased
- Published on 17 May 2016
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2016 is Get Ready for Plain Packaging!
We asked our members and other groups working for global tobacco control to send us pictures showing how they are getting ready for plain packaging in 2016.
Take a look at what they are doing below.
- Published on 13 May 2016
A 17 percent increase in tobacco excise taxes is positive but even with the hike, Jamaica’s tobacco tax rate still falls short of the 70 percent of the price of the product recommended by the World Health Organization, says FCA member Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC).