People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Tobacco Control Successes
FCA awards an Orchid on each day of meetings of the FCTC Conference of the Parties, to praise an FCTC Party that has worked to advance negotiations. Ashtrays are awarded to Parties that obstruct proceedings.
The awards are published on the final page of FCA’s daily Bulletin, and are one of the most popular features of the paper.
This web page highlighting advances in global tobacco control is named after the Orchid award.
- Watch a video about the impact of the Orchid and Ashtry awards here.
- See Bulletins from all the FCTC meetings here.
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.
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.
On 7 Oct 2015, the healthcare committee of Ukraine’s Parliament approved a draft law that calls for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco packages.
The law, based on a 2014 European Union directive, is staunchly opposed by the tobacco industry, whose representatives attended an intense committee session on 7 Oct. The measures in the draft law include:
Just days after the United Nations General Assembly included tobacco control in the world’s new sustainable development agenda, officials from several governments rolled up their sleeves and embarked on international cooperation for tobacco control at a meeting in Uruguay.
WASHINGTON, DC –
5 October 2015 – In a major victory for public health, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement concluded this morning with built-in protections to prevent private corporations from suing governments over anti-tobacco regulations.