The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Young campaigners stub out tobacco companies

Young protestors outside BAT’s AGM.Young anti-tobacco campaigners around the world recently protested against two of the world’s largest tobacco companies to highlight the huge profits made from selling products that cause death and disease.

Many FCA members were among these protestors who staged events inside, and outside, the annual general meetings of British American Tobacco (BAT) and Philip Morris International (PMI) in London and New York. Similar marches, press conferences, letter campaigns and other activities also took place in more than 20 countries.

Focus on Kenya for Judy Wilkenfeld award

Rachel KitonyoThe Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) will award Kenyan Rachel Kitonyo with its Judy Wilkenfeld award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. The awards will take place in Washington DC on May 6.

In a country where 12,000 people die a year from tobacco related illnesses, CTFK president Matthew Myers said Kitonyo’s dedication and leadership in helping to reduce tobacco use in Kenya and throughout Africa made her a highly deserving recipient of the award.

BMJ’s Tobacco Control journal online

The latest edition of the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control is online.

Tobacco Control is an international peer review journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide. It is for public health professionals, researchers, policy makers and educators involved in tobacco control.

This issue covers: COP3; tobacco corporate social responsibility; global tobacco control; plus a variety or research papers and reports.

Find out more, visit the site.

$US 10,000 special opportunity grants

The next round of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Special Opportunity Grants is open.

The grants assist advocates in their work towards supporting the development, adoption and implementation of strong FCTC guidelines and protocols. Up to eight grants are available and each is worth $US 10,000.

To qualify, applicants must be tobacco control advocates from low to mid income countries. FCTC members’ applications will receive preference. Applications close 6 March 2009.

Iran receives first graphic warnings on cigarette packages

Cigarette packs say: (top) Now you judge, (bottom) Death – Life.Iran’s battle against tobacco consumption took a step forward this month as the country received its first series of cigarette packages with health warning pictures.

The warnings come at an important time as World Health Organization statistics show that smoking rates are rising in Iran, despite the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco consumption since the 1990s.