The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco industry interference in Africa


FCA Director Laurent Huber was interviewed by Jody Nkashama of Radio Okapi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in March.

They discussed tobacco industry interference, particularly in Africa.

Open letter to PMI CEO

Dear NATT friends,

Corporate Accountability International, joined by allies like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and REAL, just got back from the Philip Morris International shareholders' meeting, so I wanted to update everyone on what we set out to do, what we accomplished, and some highlights from the actions that we organized. 

World health leaders attack tobacco industry


The theme for this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is industry interference. WHO member states created WNTD in 1987 to draw attention to the preventable death and disease caused by the tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco industry threats to governments implementing the tobacco control measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are growing stronger. Like the governments of Norway and Australia, which the tobacco industry is targeting for legal action, countries in the developing world are also under attack.

Resources for World No Tobacco Day 2012

Tobacco industry interference is this year’s theme for the World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May.

The day will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Below are resources prepared by FCA for advocacy around the Day, in English, French and Spanish. We've also listed resources from WHO, FCA members and others.

This video outlines the industry’s tactics to undermine global tobacco control efforts, and how countries are fighting back. This video is also available in Spanish and French.

 

 

Experts urge higher tobacco taxes in Benin

Benin tax 290412Photo (c) Tosin Orogun.Tobacco control advocates and officials met last week in Benin to discuss how to strengthen tobacco taxes in the west African nation and surrounding region. 

The low prices of tobacco products in Benin translate into a high consumption rate, said Dr. Judith Segnon-Agueh, Tobacco Control Focal Point in the Benin Ministry of Health.

US business threatens New Zealand over tobacco reduction efforts

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.

Indonesian tobacco control regulations a positive step - SEATCA

Concert indonesia july10 anne jones the union CROPPED WebBillboard for a 2010 concert in Indonesia. (c) Anne Jones, The UnionTobacco 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.

Helsinki to Singapore – personal observations on the World Conference

Chris Bostic launching TW FCAChris Bostic launching FCA's shadow report, Tobacco Watch, at the WCTOH. (c) FCA 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:

Agreement on illicit trade protocol protects public health

Opening plenary 290312 TihOpening discussions at INB5 on 29 March.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.

Preparedness and perseverance secure strong tobacco control law in Costa Rica

CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March. (c) RENATABy 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.