The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Health Canda releases tobacco package warnings

On 18 February, Health Canada released the full set of 16 exterior warnings, 8 interior messages, as well as 4 toxic emission messages for the side panel. 

These can now all be in seen on Health Canada's website:

Tobacco control events in parallel with women’s commission

A number of events related to tobacco use have been scheduled during the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. They include:

Free workshop - Working Our Rights Away: Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out

Bangladesh public transport goes smoke-free

All public transport vehicles in Bangladesh must display no-smoking signs or they will not be able to renew their licenses, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently announced.

BRTA made the announcement as a follow-up to a seminar in December on the importance of smoke-free public transport.

Advocacy's role in creating a smoke-free Mexico City

A recent article in Tobacco Control found that the coordinated efforts of advocates and policymakers led to the successful implementation of Mexico City’s 100 per cent smoke-free law. The study outlines the development of the smoke-free law, identifies major implementation challenges faced, and describes the actions taken by advocates to ensure success.

Major Challenges

•         The hospitality industry claimed the 100 per cent smoke-free law would hurt their business and that designated smoking rooms were unconstitutional and impractical.
•         At the federal level, a weaker smoke-free law required designated smoking rooms and allowed the tobacco industry to create confusion among restaurant and bar owners about which law should be followed in Mexico City.
•         Two pro-tobacco legislators in Mexico City filed a Supreme Court lawsuit against the constitutionality of the 100 per cent smoke-free law.

See the abstract here.

NCDs and women's health and development

The NCD Alliance will host a side event to mark the launch of its new publication on women and NCDs. Panellists will discuss:

  • Girls and women’s unique vulnerability to the socio-economic determinants and risk factors of NCDs;
  • Impact of NCDs on the health and socio-economic position of girls and women;
  • The importance of women’s empowerment for the prevention of the global NCD epidemic;
  • The implications for current policies and practices;
  • The opportunity of the forthcoming UN High-Level Summit on NCDs in September 2011.

‘Blood cigarettes’ smuggled in east, central Africa

The activities of rebel groups and corruption in governments that also lack capacity, not differing levels of taxation in neighbouring states, are the main reasons for tobacco smuggling in eastern and central Africa, according to an article published in the journal Tobacco Control.

Based on more than 400 interviews conducted by Dr Kristof Titeca of the University of Antwerp from 2005 to 2010, with smugglers, government and customs officials and others, the article analyses the trade in smuggled cigarettes between Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Although cigarette prices in those countries are low (US$0.6 per pack for the most popular brand), the easy avoidance of taxation fuels the smuggling by traders who work in cooperation with rebel groups, the article says.

Proposals wanted - 15th WCTOH

The Organising Committee of the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health is accepting proposals for sessions at the conference until 28 February. All proposals related to tobacco control will be considered. The theme for the conference is "Towards a Tobacco-free World: Planning Globally, Acting Locally".

For further information, click here

FCA concerned about Russian bills

FCA has written to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to urge his government to introduce strong legislation to effectively protect Russians from the harms of tobacco use, in accordance with Russia’s National Concept on Tobacco Control and its obligations under the FCTC.

The letter also expresses deep concern about two tobacco-related bills introduced into the Duma recently and posted on the Duma website. See the full letter below:  

Resources for tobacco control education

A list of materials for promoting implementation of Article 12 (education, communication, training and public awareness) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has been posted to the website of the FCTC Secretariat.

Click here.

PMI ‘least evil’ corporation?

According to online voting, Philip Morris International is not as wicked as five other contenders nominated for an annual award for “most evil corporation”. The Public Eye Awards were started in 2000 by Berne Declaration and Friends of the Earth as a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum.

Leading the race for the award is Neste Oil, followed by British Petroleum (BP) -

PMI was nominated by REDES/ Friends of the Earth Uruguay, for making a complaint to the World Bank against the Government of Uruguay’s tobacco control measures.

Online voting ends 28 Jan.