The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

UN conference recognises noncommunicable diseases

The final Declaration of the annual United Nations conference for NGOs recognises noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) as one of the significant health challenges facing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Declaration from the Conference, agreed by 1,600 participants representing over 350 NGOs from more than 70 countries, also called on governments to “respect and implement” international health agreements such as the FCTC.

Barbados goes smoke-free

Barbados will go smoke-free in all public places this October.

The ban covers public areas like bars, restaurants, hotels, rum shops, businesses, government buildings libraries and museums.

Spain to have pictorial warnings

One of Spain's many new pictorial warnings - this one targets the effects of passive smoking on children. Image courtesy will require pictorial warnings on all cigarette packaging as of May, 2011.

The warning sizes will cover about 43 percent of the front of cigarette packages, and about 53 per cent of the back, which include a black border.

Bangladesh mobile court fines smokers

The local Kustia Sadar sub district mobile court officials fine people for smoking in public.Mobile courts in Bangladesh continue chasing down violators of the country’s tobacco law.

With the help of non-government orgainsations (NGOs), the local government in the Kustia Sadar sub district formed a mobile court in July to fine people for smoking in public places, including the Bittipara Bazar and Kustia-Jhenaidah Highway. Four bus drivers were also fined for smoking in their buses. The court also removed illegal cigarette advertising.

Victory! Uruguay keeps warning labels

Uruguay will resist pressure from tobacco giant Philip Morris by maintaining its cigarette warning labels. This is a great win for tobacco control worldwide!

The decision comes after weeks of public outcry and support for Uruguay, which has been a world leader in implementing the international tobacco treaty.

WCO's customs and tobacco report

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has released its Customs and Tobacco report for 2009.

The report aims to address the global concern of illicit trade in tobacco products in the areas of revenue, health and sound economic development.

The report mainly focuses on global and regional illicit trade in cigarettes plus illicit trade in other tobacco products.

ACT: to protect Uruguay’s new cigarette labels

Mock up of Uruguay's new cigarette package labels.Uruguay’s new cigarette warning labels are under threat thanks to tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI).

Earlier this year, Uruguay implemented strong laws requiring that all cigarette warning labels cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages. This move meant Uruguay would have the largest cigarette warnings in the world, and championed the country as a tobacco control role model for other nations.

Asia hit hard by smoking epidemic

Smoking rates in Asia set to double (c) Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.The number of people dying from smoking-related lung cancer in Asia over the next 20 years will double, according to new Australian research.

The George Institute of Global Health recently released a study that said a third of the world's smokers live in the Asia-Pacific region; however, Asian countries are slow to take up anti-smoking initiatives.

Tobacco giant signs agreement with EU

British American Tobacco (BAT) has become the latest cigarette manufacturer to sign an agreement about smuggling and counterfeit with the European Union and member states. Philip Morris International signed a deal in 2004 while Japan Tobacco International signed in 2007.

The legally binding agreement requires BAT to implement global controls on its supply chain. If the group’s products are found on the illegal market within the EU in sufficient quantities, the manufacturer must make seizure payments.

Lebanese activists take kick at smoking habit

IndyACT tobacco control activists play soccer outside the Lebanese parliament to represent what’s happening with the law to reduce tobacco use in Lebanon.What do the FIFA World Cup and smoking have in common?

Besides all of the football stadiums that went smoke-free this year in South Africa, Lebanese tobacco-free activists used the World Cup final match to help push their message outside the Lebanese parliament.

As the final football matched loomed, so too did the Lebanese government’s decision on a law to reduce tobacco usage.