People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 27 April 2012
Several prominent US business organisations are threatening retaliation against New Zealand if it introduces plain tobacco packaging.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) President Matthew Myers says this threat is appalling, and sends the wrong message globally about the priorities of American businesses, which oppose life-saving measures and instead support an industry whose products kill people.
Read on for the full CTFK press release.
- Published on 24 April 2012
Tobacco control regulations recently announced by Indonesia are a move in the right direction but much more needs to be done, said The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on 23 April.
"It is not a stringent regulation in comparison to the region, but it is certainly moving in the right direction," the organisation said in a statement.
Particularly welcome are announced pictorial health warnings that will cover 40 percent of packages; however, that still leaves Indonesia lagging behind its neighbours in ASEAN, added SEATCA.
- Published on 11 April 2012
By Chris Bostic
Deputy Director, ASH (US)
I returned from Singapore at the end of March fired up.
The 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health had accomplished its main goal – to reinvigorate its constituency. This is vital, since in spite of our collective efforts since 1967 there are more smokers, more deaths and more children being addicted in 2012.
Even the 36 hours of travel to get home could not dampen my determination, and it gave me ample time to reflect on how this conference was a bit different than the previous ones in Helsinki and Washington (I missed Mumbai).
The four main aspects of the conference that stood out for me were:
- Published on 04 April 2012
Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on Wednesday agreed on a draft protocol to fight the global trade in illicit tobacco.
The agreement maintains the essential barrier between public health and the tobacco industry, and paves the way for governments to ratchet up the fight against the tobacco epidemic by raising taxes.
- Published on 02 April 2012
By Patricia Sosa, Director, Latin America programs, CTFK
On 22 March 2012, President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica signed into law comprehensive tobacco control legislation, including strong smoke-free policies, advertising and marketing bans, pictorial warning labels and a higher tobacco tax.
Tobacco control legislation was first introduced into Costa Rica's National Assembly in 2009. At that time, the bill contained the strongest tobacco control language to date in Latin America.
- Published on 01 April 2012
joint letter instructing UN country offices to ensure that action to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) features in their work, and that the agencies support countries' efforts to prioritise NCDs.WHO Director-General and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark have issued a
FCA welcomes this letter and stands ready to support the inclusion of NCDs, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and tobacco control in comprehensive national health and development strategies and plans.
- Published on 01 April 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 March and April 2012.
- Published on 26 March 2012
By Ibrahim MAÏGA DJIBO
Executive Secretary/SOS Tabagisme-Niger
Responsible for more than 63 percent of deaths worldwide and for one-half of global cases of disability, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) result in huge costs to families and health systems.
Like other countries, Niger pays a heavy price to care for the victims of NCDs. According to the World Health Organization (IARC Global study, 1998), cancer incidence in Niger was 2,688 in 1998 and is currently estimated at 8,000 new cases per year. The care of cancer victims represents most of the costs of medical evacuation (1.5 billion CFA [$US1.5 million] per year on average).
- Published on 25 March 2012
24 March 2012
"... we call on all governments to take the following steps:
• To those who have not yet done so (Argentina, El Salvador, Cuba, and Dominican Republic) ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
• For those who have ratified we urge you to apply public policies in line with the WHO FCTC and other international standards to guarantee the welfare and health of their countries.
• We urge all governments to adopt policies for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC ensuring the exclusion of the tobacco industry from the negotiation of tobacco control policies, and ensure transparency and mechanisms for anti-corruption policies.
Read in full:
- Published on 23 March 2012
In a world’s first, Brazil has banned all flavours and additives in tobacco products throughout the country because they lure many young people into starting to smoke.
The new law requires the banning of all flavours, such as menthol, honey, cherry, tutti-frutti and chocolate, plus additives like ammonia, sweeteners, colours, vitamins and essential fatty acids.