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.
Thanks to civil society protests, the Ukraine Government will increase tobacco taxes by 25 percent on 1 July 2014.
After the government announced a planned increase of just eight percent, activists protested. They campaigned in the media, picketed the office of the Cabinet of Ministers and contacted the Ministry of Finance, until the government relented.
Smoking among Dutch children and adolescents (under age 20) fell greatly between 2012 and 2013, from 11 percent daily smoking in 2012 to 9 percent in 2013, according to recent data.
A spectacular drop in daily smoking was seen among 16-year-olds: from 23 percent to 12 percent. The data comes from the Dutch Youth Smoking Monitor of the Trimbos Institute.
Congratulations to Solomon Islands! After years of efforts, the Pacific Island country in December 2013 passed regulations to implement its Tobacco Control Act (2010).
The rules require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, covering 70 percent of the front face and 30 percent of the back. The warnings must be in place by 1 January 2015.
A local non-governmental organisation is celebrating after five years of struggle resulted in the Government of Gabon adopting its first tobacco control law in October.
The campaign began when the Mouvement Populaire pour la Santé, with support from WHO, FCA and others, began advocating for the West African nation to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).