People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 27 September 2016
In South-East Asia, “The tobacco industry continues to interfere with, deter and thwart governments' efforts to protect public health through both overt and covert means,” says a new report by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).
- Published on 12 September 2016
The tobacco industry is using multiple marketing strategies to encourage school children in Cameroon to smoke, a recent report found.
- Published on 21 July 2016
Quick action by tobacco control advocates resulted in a representative from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) being dropped as a speaker at a meeting on investment policy hosted by the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
- Published on 19 July 2016
Vanuatu has joined Nepal with the world’s largest graphic health warnings (GHWs) on tobacco packages, covering 90 percent of the pack surface.
Officials in Vanuatu responsible for the measure say that they also considered implementing plain packaging (packages stripped of all branding, including logos and colours) but there was concern of threat of legal action by the tobacco industry as has been the case for other countries such as Australia.
- Published on 18 July 2016
By FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson*
The 8 July trade tribunal decision upholding Uruguay’s cigarette labelling requirements was widely celebrated by tobacco control advocates. Philip Morris, the claimant, lost across the board in its efforts to stop Uruguay implementing 80-percent health warnings and to keep selling multiple version of its flagship Marlboro brand.
- Published on 21 June 2016
As governments move to implement more tobacco control measures in South-East Asia the tobacco industry's propaganda machine is revving up, notes the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).
- Published on 14 June 2016
An "international coalition" seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products is actually an alliance of free-market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.
Almost all of the 47 organizations that signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Head Margaret Chan are members of the Atlas Network, a US organisation whose mission is "to litter the world with free-market think-tanks", and which has received funding from tobacco giant Philip Morris.
- Published on 17 May 2016
In an effort to block plain packaging laws coming into force across the world, the tobacco industry keeps pedalling propaganda about links to rising amounts of illicit tobacco.