The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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) - http://www.publiceye.ch/en/vote/.

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.

Cricket World Cup smoke-free

All venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh will be smoke-free thanks to the continuous tobacco control activities held in the country.

Although smoking in Bangladesh is prohibited in public places (mostly indoor), smoking is still allowed in open sports grounds.

Latest tobacco control pictures

Latest FCA pictures from around the world.Throughout the world Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

See what our members in Iran, Bangladesh, Germany and Zambia have been up to by viewing our latest picture slideshow.

Options for Malawi tobacco growers

“Africa has got the environment to grow whatever it wants to grow; it doesn’t have to be tobacco. Where you grow tobacco you can grow some other profitable commodities as well.” - Dr Monty Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

This BBC Radio story follows up the COP-4 decision to approve guidelines on Articles 9&10 that limit the flavourings used in tobacco products. It examines some of the alternatives being considered for tobacco farmers in Malawi. 

The story was broadcast on the World Tonight programme on Tuesday 21 December, which is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wqd1y. It begins at 32 minutes, 30 seconds into the programme.

Zambia struggles for smoke-free places

Zambia struggles to enforce bans on smoking in public places. (c) ZACALocal authorities in Zambia are struggling to enforce a law prohibiting smoking in public places, says the Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA).

The law came into place in Zambia during April 2008, but remains to be properly enforced throughout the country.

Send us your photos

If you’re a Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) member and have some great photos of a recent tobacco control activity your organisation has been involved with then please share them with us.

We would love to highlight them on our website and Facebook page.

NCD Summit - Take action today!

This week, negotiations are taking place on the format of the 2011 UN Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). There is still time for you to help FCA ensure a productive agenda – if you act now.

FOUR KEY ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE THIS WEEK:

1.     Write and e-mail letters to your UN Ambassador in New York and copy to your Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs

See the template letter you can use as a guide. 

2.     Request the attendance of your Head of State and Government at this landmark event.

3.     Request meetings with senior officials in your government to advocate for these additional ‘key asks’.

4.     Keep FCA informed of your efforts and let us know if we can provide additional support.

Report suggests youth cessation strategies

 

Young smokers in Europe are not utilising cessation programs despite wanting to quit (c) Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsMany young smokers in Europe are not utilising cessation programs despite wanting to quit, a new report has found.

According to the ACCESS report, recruitment strategies are neglected when organisations develop youth smoking cessation interventions.

 

FCA congratulates Uruguay

FCA congratulates Uruguay for its courage in confronting the threat from the Philip Morris International tobacco company, and for its successful running of COP-4.

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COP-4 delivers progress on global tobacco control

 
Uruguayan health minister Daniel Olesker walks through an installation of enlarged model cigarettes.
 
 
 

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the global tobacco treaty has ended with major achievements for public health, despite unprecedented efforts by the tobacco industry to block any treaty progress.

The 172 Parties to the treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), rebuffed a months-long, global industry campaign and approved guidelines on tobacco flavourings and additives (Articles 9 & 10).