People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 13 September 2015
Many people now know that tobacco use is the world’s number one cause of preventable death, responsible for over 6 million deaths each year. Thus, the link between tobacco use and the health goal* included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is no surprise.
- Published on 31 August 2015
By Deborah Arnott
Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health
In 2010 a new coalition government came to power in Britain, committed to reducing the overall burden of regulation. By January 2014 it had already abolished or simplified 800 regulations, with 2,200 more due for the same treatment before it left office in spring 2015.
- Published on 19 August 2015
By Xu Guihua
China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.
- Published on 10 August 2015
Policy on tobacco taxation was a focus of a United Nations mission that visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in July.
- Published on 06 August 2015
With more than 80 percent of smokers living in the global South, people working in tobacco control recognize the links between tobacco, poverty, and development. “It is surprising and disappointing to see how many people working in development do not see these links,” says Sonja von Eichborn, director of Unfairtobacco.org.
- Published on 05 August 2015
As much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.
The government had:
- Published on 29 July 2015
Negotiators from 12 countries are meeting in Hawaii at the end of July in an attempt to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment agreement. As of this writing, the fate of two proposals on tobacco is unknown.
- Published on 20 July 2015
Featured in this issue of the newsletter from FCA, Pacific Islands:
* Activities to mark World No Tobacco Day 2015;
*Four innovative projects that received Healthy Islands recognition from the World Health Organization and;
- Published on 16 July 2015
FCA and other global public health groups welcome the recommendation from world leaders that governments increase tobacco taxes as a key strategy to reduce tobacco consumption and the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).