The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Farewell Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley

Two prominent tobacco control advocates Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley have passed away, and the FCA pays tribute to them.

Smoking declines in Ukraine

 

An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free lawDaily smoking prevalence has decreased for both men and women in Ukraine, according to a survey carried out in October.

Prevalence for men declined almost 3 percent (from 45% to 42%), and for women 2 percentage points (from 11 to 9%), found the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, working with “Advocacy Center LIFE”, an FCA member.

The results also show that the average maximum retail price, written on the packs of cigarettes increased from 8.95 Ukrainian Hryvnia in February 2013 to 12.21 UAH in October 2014.

ASEAN tobacco control atlas released

 

ASEAN Tobacco Control AtlasSmokers in the South-East Asian region (ASEAN) start smoking on average before they are 20, the latest Tobacco Control Atlas has found.

Some outcomes of COP6

Opening ceremony, COP6.This is a quick overview of the outcomes of the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP6).

In the opening plenary, INTERPOL’s application for observer status was rapidly rejected because of the organisation’s partnership deal with Philip Morris International.

Advocating health and post-2015 goals at the UN General Assembly

Remarkable progress has been made in accelerating the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at global and regional levels since the 2011 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.

NCDs and tobacco control to feature at regional WHO meetings

Now that the global commitments and infrastructure are in place to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), countries need to focus on implementing specific interventions at regional and country levels. 

UPDATE 2: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Dortmund Kills victory 280214Below is our latest update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014. 

Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

Groups call for tobacco tax hike in Dominican Republic

The impact of a tobacco tax increaseMedical institutions in the Dominican Republic have signed a manifesto that calls for an increase in tobacco taxes in the country.

The groups note that raising the price of tobacco products is recognised as one of the most effective ways to cut consumption of current tobacco users. It also discourages potential smokers, especially children and youth, from starting. 

“The next steps will be to work with legislators and to keep trying to raise awareness among decision makers, both public and private,” said Dr Sergio Diaz of the Primary Care Centre Juan XXIII in Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

Will COP6 be the last FCTC meeting for low-resource Parties?

Banner for COP3Preparations for the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) are well underway. This includes providing logistical support for all low- and lower-middle-income Parties, so that they can attend COP6.

But this could be the last COP for which such support is provided to 78 low-resource Parties – unless COP6 makes a decision on this matter.