The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Bavaria gives smoking ban thumbs-up

Voters in the southern German state of Bavaria recently voted for a total smoking ban, and it is hoped the move will lead to tough new anti-smoking rules across the country.

Although only 37.7% of the eligible population participated in the 4 July referendum, 61% voted in favor of introducing a smoking ban in Bavarian hospitality venues.

Honduras approves tobacco control law

The Honduran National Congress has approved a tobacco control law to protect people in Honduras from one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics – tobacco use.

The new law includes smoke-free environments; 80 per cent graphic warnings; bans on tobacco promotion; cessation programs; bans on internet and mail-order sales; and alternative tobacco crops for farmers.

Philippine government takes on tobacco industry

Two state departments in the Philippines have joined forces to prevent the tobacco industry’s interference in the country’s public health initiatives.

The tobacco industry’s tactics to meddle with tobacco control policies and their implementation in the country pose the largest obstacle to public health in the Philippines.

FCA gains a new AFRO regional coordinator

If all African countries are to kick the tobacco epidemic they must ratify and implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), says Dr Patrick Musavuli – the Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) newly appointed regional coordinator (RC) for the WHO Africa Region (AFRO).

As of June 1 Patrick began his new FCA appointment and is already immersed in his job, which involves coordinating FCA's campaign activities in the African region, and playing an integral role in the African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC). 

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South Africa kicks World Cup butt

Football is kicking butt at this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

That’s cigarette butts; as all stadium stands and areas around the pitch are smoke-free thanks to the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) move to enforce a smoke-free ban.

Syria bans smoking in public places

Syria is the first Arab state to instigate a ban on smoking in public places, which also includes the nargile or hubble-bubble (hookah or water) pipe.

As of last month, people are not allowed to smoke in restaurants, cafés, educational institutions, health centres, sports halls, cinemas and theatres, and on public transport.

World No Tobacco Day targets women

Global smoking rates amongst women are rising as the tobacco industry increasingly targets females through its marketing campaigns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO says that global rates of smoking amongst men have peaked, while rates amongst women are rising. Women are also a major target for the tobacco industry, which needs to recruit new users to replace smokers who will die prematurely (almost 50 per cent of current users) from tobacco-related diseases.

First global action plan to tackle NCDs

The first world summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will take place in 2011, leading the global health emergency one step closer to preventing millions of unnecessary deaths every year.

NCDs include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases – of which tobacco use is the most significant risk factor.