People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 30 September 2011
The European Commission (EC) made a significant contribution to global tobacco control Thursday, announcing a €5.2 million (US$7 million) grant to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
The money will be used mainly for needs assessments in low and middle-income countries "to help these countries to fully implement the FCTC and to better integrate tobacco control policies into their national health programmes and strategies", according to an EC news release.
- Published on 30 September 2011
The Australian Government is taking another huge step in cutting the country’s smoking rates by releasing its proposed new graphic health warnings for tobacco products.
The new warnings are scheduled to come into effect on 1 July 2012, when the county’s plain packaging requirements are set to come into effect.
On 17 September 2011, the Australian Government released a consultation paper on the proposed new health warnings.
- Published on 27 September 2011
FCA has congratulated the Government of the Philippines for its recent tobacco control (TC) initiatives and offered support in combating tobacco industry interference in those measures.
In its letter, FCA highlights the number of challenges the industry has launched against TC programmes, including a smoking ban in Metro Manila. “It is indeed most alarming how a number of pending cases utilise your own statute, Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act, in restraining the execution of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which the Philippines ratified in 2005.”
- Published on 23 September 2011
By FCA Director Laurent Huber
I had the privilege of attending the UN Summit this week, where I listened to heads of state and high-level government representatives make statements recognising the need for action on NCDs and their risk factors – many of which specified tobacco and the FCTC.
Again and again we heard that NCDs are a development issue that needs a multi-sector, whole of government approach.
- Published on 20 September 2011
The Australian Government again demonstrated its leadership in global tobacco control Tuesday, announcing a grant of A$700,000 to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
At the UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York, Health Minister Nicola Roxon said that $400,000 of the grant will go to a working group created to produce guidelines on tobacco taxes.
- Published on 16 September 2011
Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children have been adopted in South Africa, Mauritius, Bahrain, Puerto Rico and in provincial or state governments in the US, Canada and Australia.
The laws help protect children from exposure to very high levels of tobacco smoke that can cause increased health risks like bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Published on 26 August 2011
The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recently published the status of voluntary assessed contributions (VACs) provided by Parties to the FCTC budget.
The document provides an overview of payments made by individual Parties from 2006 until 2011 to finance the work of the Secretariat.
- Published on 25 August 2011
An example of Australia's proposed plain packaging. Copyright Government of Australia.
Australian MPs on Wednesday approved legislation that would require plain packaging on tobacco products by 2012. The bill now goes to the Senate for reading.
The legislation, the first of its kind in the world, forbids branding, logos, symbols and images on packaging and on cigarettes.
The bill and an explanatory memorandum acknowledge Australia's obligations as a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
- Published on 19 August 2011
Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) members recently held the first regional conference about smoking cessation in Jordan.
The conference is the first of its kind in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region, and addressed guidelines to Article 14 (cessation) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which were adopted during last year’s fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4) in Uruguay.
- Published on 17 August 2011
After five years of effort, Lebanon on Wednesday adopted a tobacco control law.
The law includes a full ban on smoking in all public places, a ban on all forms of ads and sponsorships, health warnings covering 40 per cent of both sides of cigarette packages and a maximum 20 percent of hotel rooms set aside for smokers.
Activists from Indy-ACT play soccer in front of Lebanon's Parliament in 2010 to symbolise how lawmakers were 'playing games' with tobacco control legislation. (c) Indy-ACT
It also promotes joint participation of the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Interior, municipalities and civil society in order to ensure effective implementation of the law.