The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Iran takes on tobacco smuggling

Iran government official destroying illegal cigarettes © Mahdi Marizad FARS News Agency

Article 15: illicit trade

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.

FCA member wins World No Tobacco Day award

Lutgard Kokulinda (centre) accepts the WNTD 2010 award – on her left is Tanzania’s minister for health and right is the WHO country representative.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.

EC consults on tobacco control measures

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.

IWR 2010 focuses on tobacco control

Article 5.3: industry interference

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).

Misinformation about tobacco flavours

Article 9/10: product regulation

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.

Health leaders to resist industry and reduce smoking

Article 5.3: industry interference

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).

Malaysia beats industry with warning labels

Article 5.3: industry interference

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.

Honduras officially approves tobacco control law

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.

Maldives opts for tobacco control

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.

Pro-tobacco messages prominent on YouTube

FCTC Article 13

The internet is providing an ideal marketing outlet for large tobacco companies due to its unregulated nature, according to findings from a recent study by the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand.

The study analysed 163 English language videos on YouTube for tobacco brand images and words. The study’s authors (Lucy Elkin, George Thomson and Nick Wilson) used five of the leading global cigarette brands – Marlboro, Winston, Benson and Hedges, Mild Seven and L&M – to conduct their research.