People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 25 November 2015
On 5 October 2015 the world’s largest trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was signed. It includes 12 countries and applies to roughly 40 percent of the world’s economy. Notably, sections that limit governments’ powers to regulate products have been specifically exempted in the case of tobacco as a result of intense lobbying by civil society*.
- Published on 17 November 2015
Civil society groups from around the world have pledged concrete steps in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs*).
Meeting in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 13-15 November, the Global NCD Alliance Forum pledged, among other actions, to:
- Published on 16 November 2015
A court in the Netherlands has denied a civil society suit against the government for its contacts with the tobacco industry, but the action produced a new policy that lays out rules for future interactions.
- Published on 12 November 2015
British American Tobacco (BAT) is enticing consumers in Democratic Republic of Congo with a possible trip to Brussels if they buy the company's Stella brand of cigarettes.
Posters announcing the contest are plastered throughout the city of Goma, reports FCA member Safe Environment and Enhanced for All (S.E.A.) in a letter to DRC's Minister of Health.
- Published on 10 November 2015
The list of countries where tobacco packages have the world's largest graphic health warnings has changed, reports the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). See the list below.
In addition, effective 20 May 2016, all 28 European Union countries will have to require picture warnings covering 65 percent of the package front and back.
For a more comprehensive ranking of 198 countries/territories as of Sept. 2014, see the list here.
- Published on 02 November 2015
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids seeks an Associate Director of Research for the International Advocacy Resource Centre.
- Published on 02 November 2015
South-East Asian governments should be wary of recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns an FCA member organisation.
Released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC), the manual promotes the interests of the tobacco industry and should not be considered a tool to help governments, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).
- Published on 26 October 2015
In 2011, non-government organisations (NGOs) provided more aid to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) than did bilateral donors.
And they gave almost as much as multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a new article in The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology.
- Published on 22 October 2015
A package of tools created to assist countries that are developing or refining support for people who are trying to stop using tobacco is now online.
Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is devoted to tobacco cessation. Following the adoption of Article 14 guidelines in 2010, many countries began developing (or further developing) their support for cessation.