People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 20 October 2010
Big tobacco companies are exploiting loopholes in Bangladesh’s tobacco control law by promoting tobacco products that are not cigarettes.
Bangladesh tobacco control law defines tobacco products as cigarettes only, which allows the tobacco industry to promote other products containing tobacco that are just as hazardous to people’s health. These include zarda, sada-pata, gool, cigars and the mixer used in pipes.
- Published on 14 October 2010
Iran’s government recently destroyed 180 million illegal cigarettes, worth $560,000, south of Tehran in an effort to combat tobacco smuggling.
Since Iran implemented health warning labels on cigarette packages in early 2009 and increased tobacco taxes, the country has experienced an unprecedented influx of smuggled tobacco products.
- Published on 11 October 2010
The World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum’s (TTCF) executive director Lutgard Kokulinda with its World No Tobacco Day 2010 award.
- Published on 08 October 2010
Article 14: cessation
The European Commission could improve tobacco control measures after it recently announced a public consultation process to assess possible changes to its Tobacco Products Directive.
The commission is inviting all stakeholders to comment on possible measures to improve awareness about the dangers of smoking; increase the motivation to quit smoking; and discourage taking up smoking.
- Published on 06 October 2010
Tobacco industry interference is the focus of Corporate Accountability International’s (CAI) International Week of Resistance (IWR 2010), which began this week (October 4-8).
During IWR 2010 non-government organizations (NGOs) around the globe will run action-oriented events to build international support and solidarity for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – with particular focus on industry interference (Article 5.3).
- Published on 04 October 2010
FCA responds to misinformation being spread by organisations of tobacco growers about draft guidelines on tobacco flavours prepared for the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which will be held in Uruguay in November.
In a factsheet and question-answer document, FCA clarifies that the guidelines are designed to remove additives that make tobacco products attractive to youth. It also explains that the guidelines do not ban particular types of tobacco but recommend that Parties to the FCTC “restrict or prohibit” flavourings.
- Published on 30 September 2010
Health leaders in the Americas vowed to resist tobacco industry pressure and support efforts to reduce tobacco use during a recent meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
- Published on 23 September 2010
Despite strong tobacco industry resistance, tobacco control advocates in Malaysia helped implement pictorial warning labels that exceed policy guidelines, a new report found.
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) recently released the report, Implementing Pictorial Health Warnings in Malaysia: Challenges and Lessons Learned, which highlights Malaysia’s experience with implementing pictorial warning labels on tobacco packs despite huge tobacco industry resistance.
- Published on 23 September 2010
A Tobacco Control law is official in Honduras, and will enter into force during February 2011, announced the country’s government in its newspaper on 21 August 2010. Once the law enters into force, authorities will have six months to regulate it.
The announcement was made just a few days after the Honduran president’s official residence in Tegucigalpa was declared smoke-free. Since then, other bodies of the government have also declared smoke-free areas.
- Published on 09 September 2010
The Maldives has adopted a Tobacco Control bill - bringing the country one step closer to implementing its WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) obligations. The bill must be implemented by 18 August 2011.
Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) South-East Asia co-ordinator Shailesh Vaite said the bill would serve as an instrument for the people of the Maldives to protect themselves against death and disease caused by tobacco.