People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 13 May 2011
Nepal’s government has passed a tobacco control law that’s expected to come into effect this September.
As a result of the law, smoking in public places will be banned and fines enforced for those who ignore the law.
- Published on 28 April 2011
The Australian Government and two Australian nongovernmental organisations have announced a joint extrabudgetary contribution of AUD100,000 (US$109,000) for needs assessments on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Pacific island countries.
Australia’s contribution of AUD77,000, together with AUD23,000 offered jointly by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, will be used by the Convention Secretariat to undertake joint needs assessments to identify WHO FCTC implementation gaps, needs and opportunities.
- Published on 22 April 2011
Throughout the world our members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.
• Australia announces its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging – making it the first country in the world to implement plain packaging;
• The Ukraine adopts a law to have picture warnings on all cigarette packages by October next year;
• Bangladesh discusses the importance of installing smoke-free signs in public places and public transport; and
• Bangladesh sports, government and anti-drug groups promote the message that non-smokers are healthy and fit, and that all playgrounds and sports ground should be smoke-free.
- Published on 20 April 2011
Australia could soon have the toughest tobacco promotion laws in the world if its plain packaging legislation is passed.
In addition, health warnings on packs of tobacco sold in the country are set to become the world’s largest when the new legislation comes into effect, which is scheduled for January 2012.
On 2 April 2011, the Australian Government announced its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging.
- Published on 20 April 2011
2010 was a success by many standards for Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) shadow reporting programme.
The global report Tobacco Watch was launched, and at the country level, national reports resulted in greater influence on policy making.
- Published on 12 April 2011
The Ukraine will have picture warnings on all cigarette packages by October next year, according to a law adopted on 4 April.
This is a great win for the region, and a crucial step in the country’s tobacco control process. The next step, according to the chairman of the tobacco control organisation Regional Advocacy Center "LIFE" Andriy Skipalskyi, is for the Ukraine government to ban all forms of tobacco industry advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
- Published on 05 April 2011
Caribbean civil society organisations have launched Get the Message, a campaign that uses text messaging, Facebook and other social media to build popular support for the NCD Summit.
The campaign, by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, will focus on getting Caribbean residents to send messages from their mobile phones to show their support for the Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The aim is to pressure heads of Government in CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) to attend the Summit in New York on 19-20 September and to implement strategies to prevent NCDs and improve healthcare.
- Published on 18 March 2011
The Ukraine parliament is set to ban all tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion.
Although tobacco advertising is banned in commercial print media (business to business is allowed), outdoor areas, radio and TV; it is still allowed in all types of indirect advertising such as: promotional activities (free cigarettes distribution, tests, contests and lotteries), sponsorship events (youth concerts, discos and parties), point-of-sale advertising, online and corporate social responsibility programs.
- Published on 17 March 2011
A delegation of African tobacco control Non Government Organisations (NGOs) recently met staff of a sub-regional government body to discuss its opposition to partial guidelines relating to tobacco control product regulation.
Under the auspices of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), the delegation met trade and public relations staff from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), at their headquarters in Zambia. This followed meetings with tobacco control focal points from the Zambian Ministry of Health and the local WHO office.
- Published on 15 March 2011
The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a strong Tobacco Control Bill that should change the way tobacco is consumed in the country and the manner in which the tobacco business operates.
The bill will shortly go for a “reconciliation conference” of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then for presidential assent.