People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- September 27, 2011
FCA has congratulated the Government of the Philippines for its recent tobacco control (TC) initiatives and offered support in combating tobacco industry interference in those measures.
In its letter, FCA highlights the number of challenges the industry has launched against TC programmes, including a smoking ban in Metro Manila. “It is indeed most alarming how a number of pending cases utilise your own statute, Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act, in restraining the execution of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which the Philippines ratified in 2005.”
FCA notes that the current role of the tobacco industry on the Inter-Agency Committee on Tobacco violates article 5.3 of the FCTC, concerning interference from the tobacco industry in public health policy.
“Taking into consideration the historical behaviour of the tobacco industry and its potential to circumvent present initiatives, we strongly recommend further protection of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of your government,” the letter says.