People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Below is a recent 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.
You'll notice additions, and deletions, from our original list. Let us know if we should make other changes.
The government faces a challenge from Philip Morris Asia to its plain packaging of tobacco products. The company claims the law violates an investment agreement between Hong Kong (its base) and Australia. Another challenge has been launched at the World Trade Organization. Read our article.
A challenge from the National Confederation of Industries has delayed the coming into force of a ban on tobacco additives. It was supposed to apply from September, 2013. Read our article.
COOLED OFF - EU
Results of the vote on the revised Tobacco Products Directive on 26 Feb were largely positive. Approved were mandatory warnings covering 65 percent of the top surface of the front and back of cigarette packages and a ban on all characterising flavours, including menthol. The Directive also authorises EU Member States to go beyond the mandatory measures.
Philip Morris International is challenging a ban on its Be Marlboro campaign. Authorities outlawed it for illegally encouraging young people, ages 14-21, to smoke.
Read about the action, led by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, to end the Be Marlboro campaign.
Campaigners forced the cancellation of a tobacco fair planned for Bali in February (see our article). The government continues to delay ratifying the FCTC, but it is rumoured that it will implement pictorial warnings on tobacco packages by July 2014.
Ireland, Republic of
Tthe government has started a process to introduce plain packaging. Read our article.
Along with Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe: tobacco-producing countries that will be quick to react to the report of the FCTC Article 17&18 working group on sustainable alternatives to tobacco production.
The FCTC Conference of the Parties will be held here, 13-18 October, 2014. FCA's web page for WNTD 2014.
Plain packaging legislation has been introduced in Parliament. Read our article.
NEW! Nigeria and Uganda
Intense debates are occurring in both countries over proposed tobacco control legislation.
Read how advocates are countering tobacco industry interference in Uganda.
World Tobacco Asia is scheduled to be held here in November, after advocates forced the cancellation of Inter-tabac ASIA in Indonesia. (See above).
Earlier this year Singapore hosted talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed free trade deal that threatens tobacco control. Read our article.
The tobacco industry is challenging proposed new graphic health warnings in court. Read our article.
A proposal for the world’s largest pack warnings is also being challenged in court by the industry. Read our article.
The government is considering introducing plain packaging. Read our article.
A follow-up to 2011's NCD Summit will be held here 10-11 July. The Summit assembled world leaders, and highlighted the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to four major NCDs: cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes. Read our article.
The government continues to fight a trade dispute with Philip Morris International at the World Bank. Read our article.
Looking for some good news? Check out our Orchids section for global tobacco control success stories.