People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- 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.
- Published on 11 August 2011
Negotiations on the Political Declaration (formerly the Outcomes Document) to be adopted at September's UN Summit on NCDs were last week postponed until 1 September after UN Member States were unable to
come to consensus on the key points: specific commitments – such as
tobacco tax strategies – funding, and follow-up mechanisms.
This move signals ominously the risk that the Summit might not result in strong action on NCDs in general and on tobacco control in particular. However, the delay in drafting provides us with an opportunity to ensure that this doesn’t happen.
- Published on 09 August 2011
A new study published in Tobacco Control examines how Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BAT) interpreted the relationship between tobacco control non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the policy-making process that ultimately resulted in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
It also examines how the companies have responded to global tobacco control policy-making. Findings are based on analyses of 506 internal tobacco industry documents released from U.S. litigation and posted online at the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.
- Published on 03 August 2011
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted special consultative status to FCA at its recent session.
This status will give FCA access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with issues of interest to ECOSOC, including economic and social development, gender issues and sustainable development.
- Published on 02 August 2011
Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control. See what our members in Palau, Bangladesh, UK and globally got up to during June and July 2011.
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