The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco industry targets social networking websites

Lucky Strike Facebook fan pageTobacco companies are targeting consumers through social networking websites to market their products.

Products like Marlboro, Benson and Hedges and Lucky Strike are appearing on social networks like Facebook where users can become a fan of the brand.

POS increases youth smoking

POSGreater exposure to point-of-sale (POS) tobacco advertising displays are leading to an increase in youth smoking, a recent study published in Tobacco Control has found.

According to the study’s authors, this is the first study that explores the association between exposure to POS tobacco displays and smoking uptake in a jurisdiction where POS is the only form of tobacco promotion.

Ratification strengthens Liberia’s tobacco control

Liberia ratified the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on 18 September 2009. This brings the total Parties to ratify up to 167, which covers 86.44% of the world’s population.

Program manager at non-profit organization Community Development Outreach (CDO) in Liberia Vita Ishmael Tue said ratification will move Liberia towards formulating national tobacco law and fully implementing the FCTC.

Uruguay tops health warnings list

Mock up of Uruguay's new cigarette package labels.Uruguay will have the largest cigarette warnings in the world, which will cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages.

The new warnings will appear on cigarette packages in Uruguay on March 1, 2010.

Virtual cardiology congress begins

The International Cardiology Congress on the Internet has begun.

Organized by the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, the congress features a symposium on Tobacco and the Heart organized by the Framework Convention Alliance, World Heart Federation, the South American Cardiology Society and the InterAmerican Heart Foundation.

The symposium explores issues in tobacco cessation and control that are relevant to cardiologists. It will include contributions from leading global experts in tobacco control advocacy and treatment of tobacco dependence.

Colombia combats tobacco epidemic

The Colombian government has signed tobacco control legislation to protect its citizens from tobacco use, making the country a regional leader in fighting the tobacco epidemic.

Photos from INB-3: the first day

Images from the opening of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, 28 June - 5 July 2009 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Bulletin INB-3 Issue 89

Headlines in this issue:

  • Death Clock unveiled
  • Keep the scope of the Protocol broad
  • Track and Trace based on unique product markings
  • Canadian policy measures to combat cigarette contraband
  • Organised crime: the evidence
  • Bangladesh perspective on illicit trade
  • Global financial crisis and the protocol
  • Vested interest clarifies position
  • Thank you CIPRET 

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Tobacco’s history of decline

In time for the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the CNN website has an article outlining the history of tobacco’s decline in the US.

Visit CNN to read more.

Images essential in tobacco health warnings

Pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs are essential.Pictorial tobacco warning labels are essential for communicating health risks to smokers, a report by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) has found.

The report, FCTC Article 11 Tobacco Warning Labels, found that graphic pictorial warnings were more effective than text only warnings because they: are more noticeable; increase thoughts about the harms of smoking; have more impact on smokers; and lead to more smokers quitting or intending to quit smoking.