The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Dutch court loss produces a win

Image: Youth Smoking Prevention FoundationA 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.

2013 AFRO shadow reports reveal tobacco industry interference

"I urge Parliament to unanimously adopt the tobacco control bill," said Mr Amadou Moustapha Gaye, Vice President of la Ligue sénégalaise contre le tabac (LISTAB), at a press conference to launch his organization’s 2013 shadow report in Senegal. 

Two days later the law was adopted. 

Lack of political will, awareness revealed in African shadow reports

The cover of the 2012 shadow report of Tanzania's implementation of the WHO FCTCA lack of political will to implement tobacco control and little awareness of existing laws among the general public are common findings of 2012 shadow reports of African governments’ performances in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Supported by FCA, civil society organisations analysed the implementation of the FCTC, the world’s only modern-day public health treaty. Other challenges they identified include:

FCA trains African NGOs in shadow reporting

POS Dakar 080313Tobacco advertising at point-of-sale in Dakar. (c) FCA, Tih Ntiabang"Civil society's shadow reports have an unequivocal value in holding governments accountable to their FCTC obligations," said Dr. Souley Ly, President of Afrique Contre le Tabac (ACONTA), a tobacco control non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Burkina Faso.

Dr Souley represented his country at the shadow report training that took place 7-8 March 2013 in Dakar, Senegal. The training was organised and run by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) in collaboration with la League Senegalaise Contre le Tabac (LISTAB) and with financial support from the Africa Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC).

More cessation support needed globally

TobWatch Art14 170113Comprehensive support for smoking cessation is a relatively low priority for most Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to the findings of a 2012 Tobacco Watch report that focuses on the FCTC's Article 14.

Most Parties surveyed in the FCA report said they prioritised other articles that promoted cessation attempts or that created demand for cessation support. However, the report says there are quick and affordable actions Parties can take to improve access to tobacco cessation support.

Big tobacco slowing FCTC implementation

Tobacco Watch 2012 report cTobacco industry influence over countries’ tobacco control plans is blocking a key tool in fighting killer diseases like cancer, says a report released by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

In September 2011, world leaders singled out tobacco control as key to tackling the skyrocketing global burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

Benin advocates discuss Shadow Report with Minister of Justice

shadow reporting story benin 130112Tobacco advocates meet Benin's Minister of Justice. From left: Augustin Faton, Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control; Marie Elyse Gbedo, Minister of Justice; Ernest Gbaguidi, Consumer`s Association; Blandine Sintondji, Women Lawyers Association. (c) IETCIn a shining example of proactive advocacy, members of the NGO Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control met Benin's Minister of Justice and Law, Madame Marie Elyse Gbedo, on 11 January 2012 to discuss their draft shadow report.

During the ½ hour visit "we also drew the attention of the minister to the concerns of civil society on the process of revising the legislative framework on tobacco control", said Augustin Faton, president of the NGO and executive secretary of the association of civil society organisations working for tobacco control in Benin.

 After the review is final, the legislation will be sent to Parliament, said Faton.

During the meeting the Minister also related her own experiences as a civil society actor, and reassured the advocates of her support. She also pledged to take personal charge of the review of the law, according to Augustin.

The shadow report for Benin is expected to be published by 20 February 2012.

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