The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

COP5 parties must adopt taxation and illicit trade measures

 

At a press conference in Seoul on Friday, the FCA called on countries to fight the global tobacco epidemic by adopting landmark measures on taxation and illicit trade at the upcoming fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The session takes place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 12–17 November 2012, and will comprise representatives from governments (Parties) that have agreed to implement a range of tobacco control measures in the FCTC – from putting graphic warnings on tobacco packages, to banning tobacco advertising, and creating smoke-free spaces.

Success! Seychelles approves graphic package warnings

The Seychelles government has approved new graphic health warnings on tobacco packages, which must cover at least 50 per cent of the package's front and back.

The regulation was formally published in the Official Gazette on 1 October 2012.

Governments must challenge Big Tobacco


This week, a European association of tobacco growers called UNITAB will be holding their 33rd Congress in Budapest, Hungary. This is one of several tobacco growers’ association events this year organised to attempt to undermine a lifesaving global public health treaty, which could save 200 million lives if fully implemented by 2050.

Corporate Accountability International (CAI) is calling on the Hungarian government and governments around the world to stand strong in their efforts to address the tobacco epidemic and condemn this global misinformation campaign. To learn more, read the full CAI press release.

Latest pictures: September - October 2012

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control.

View the slideshow to see what our members got up to during September and October 2012. Click the picture to read the caption.

 

Success! Three years of advocacy helped produce tobacco control measures in Ukraine

All tobacco packages in Ukraine now have pictorial warnings on the front and back, following a new law which came into place 4 October 2012.

The law requires all tobacco packs to have pictorial health warnings that cover 50 percent of the back side, and text messages covering 50 percent of the front side. Previously, packs in Ukraine had a 30 per cent text message on both sides.

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Sri Lanka adopts huge picture warnings


SriLanka warningsSri Lanka has passed regulations that mandate some of the largest picture warnings on cigarette packs in the world.

The warnings will cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages; the text portion of the warning will be in three languages - Sinhala, Tamil and English.

The regulations also ban the use of misleading descriptions, including 'light', 'mild' 'low', 'extra' and 'ultra'.

Once implemented, Sri Lanka will have among the largest cigarette health warnings in the world, along with Australia at 82.5 percent (75 percent front, 90 percent back), and Uruguay at 80 percent (80 percent front and back).

Study finds tobacco taxes reduce smoking


Raising tobacco prices through taxes could help reduce tobacco consumption in low and middle income countries, a study published in the Tobacco Control journal has found.

Success! Ukraine bans all tobacco advertising

The Ukraine Government has banned all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship following changes to its tobacco control law on 16 September 2012. More

Ukraine bans all tobacco advertising


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The Ukraine Government has banned all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship following changes to its tobacco control law on 16 September 2012.

Before that date, Ukraine had legislation banning tobacco advertising on radio, television, print and outdoor billboards. Since the changes, additional forms of advertising, marketing, sponsorship and promotion on the Internet and point-of-sale displays in stores and kiosks are included in the legislation.

Regional tobacco control alliance condemns Manila tobacco growers conference

 

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has condemned the international tobacco conference to be held in Manila (25 September 2012), warning of industry "deception" and "misinformation" that could be designed to mislead tobacco farmers into baseless panic and insecurity.