People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 05 May 2016
FCA members are applauding a European Court of Justice decision on 4 May that dismisses the tobacco industry’s challenge of the measures in the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
The measures come into force on 20 May 2016 and include:
- Published on 27 April 2016
By Dr Eduardo Bianco*
Uruguay is celebrating 10 years as a smoke-free (SF) country in 2016. When it banned smoking in public spaces and workplaces a decade ago, it became the first county in the Americas, and only the fourth in the world, to do so.
- Published on 15 April 2016
By Maxime Compaore
I'm proud and excited to be Chair of the FCA Board at this crucial time in the life of our organisation, of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and of global tobacco control in general.
With the development phase of the treaty coming to an end we now turn our attention to ensuring that its proven, effective and cost-effective measures are implemented fully so that we can begin to reverse the tide of the tobacco epidemic.
- Published on 12 April 2016
The first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control was launched in Brazil on 1 April.
- Published on 08 April 2016
Formal recognition of the link between tobacco and human rights has moved closer in the Americas thanks to a hearing on 5 April that featured tobacco control advocates.
- Published on 05 April 2016
By Ulysses Dorotheo, MD, FPAO*
Based on the three-year compliance deadline for Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Philippines should’ve implemented effective health warnings on packages by September 2008. Nearly eight years later, graphic health warnings have finally arrived.
- Published on 05 April 2016
World No Tobacco Day takes place every year on May 31.
The theme for 2016 was Get Ready for Plain Packaging.
Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.
- Published on 30 March 2016
The Kenyan High Court has rejected a challenge of the government’s new tobacco control measures by tobacco industry giant British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited.
- Published on 15 March 2016
By Johannes Spatz and Dieter Eichinger
Forum Rauchfrei, Germany
On February 25th the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a bill implementing the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD 2) in Germany. There is little doubt that the federal states will give their required consent on March 18th.
- Published on 07 March 2016
The increase in the tobacco tax rate in the recent Indian budget will have little health benefit as tobacco prices are unlikely to rise markedly, says Dr Monika Arora, Director of the Health Promotion Division at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).