The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Advocates target PMI’s 2015 shareholder meeting

Protesting PMI marketing to minors.Tobacco control advocates from Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids led protests at the 2015 shareholder meeting of Philip Morris International, the world’s largest international tobacco corporation.

FCA’s AFRO coordinator working with university to monitor tobacco industry

 

FCA Coordinator for AFRO, Tih NtiabangImplementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in most sub-Saharan Africa countries has been slow, largely due to tobacco industry interference. That was the finding of a survey of FCTC Parties included in the 2012 WHO progress report on FCTC implementation.

What’s in the Bloomberg, Gates litigation fund?

Most of us have seen the headlines: Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have teamed up to create a fund to help countries fight challenges by the tobacco industry. What about the details?

According to a press release, the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund will be available for low and middle-income countries to dispute lawsuits filed against them by the tobacco industry using international trade agreements.

FCAer calls on university to remove online industry-funded studies

OxyRomanie President Pascal DiethelmThe President of OxyRomandie, Pascal Diethelm, is calling on the University of Zurich to remove from its website two scientific papers sponsored by tobacco giant Philip Morris.

The university published the papers in 2014. They conclude that plain packaging had no discernable effect on smoking rates among the young in Australia and that the measure is thus ineffective. The papers’ findings were also widely circulated in the media.

‘Hot spots’ FCA is watching this year

Global tobacco control hotspots, 2015Below we describe some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2015. Please let us know about others, and about any developments concerning these issues.

Proposal would keep tobacco taxes dangerously low

Graphic shows taxes rising, smoking droppingThe Eurasian Economic Commission is considering adopting a tobacco tax harmonization proposal through the (EEC). If adopted the tobacco tax proposal would leave prices of tobacco products in the region among the lowest in the world, keeping cigarettes cheap and plentiful for young smokers.

The proposal would also undermine all EEC countries’ strong support of FCTC Article 6 at this year’s COP, as well as Russia’s commitment to bring taxes on tobacco products in line with standards set in the Euro region, says a letter from FCA and partner organisations released 10 November 2014.

UPDATE 2: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Dortmund Kills victory 280214Below is our latest update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014. 

Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

Sri Lanka to have graphic package warnings – finally!


After years of pressure from tobacco control advocates, and a series of court challenges since 2012, cigarette packages sold in Sri Lanka will have to carry graphic health warnings (GHWs) from 1 January 2015.

The final decision – that 60 percent of the back and front surfaces of all packages must be covered by GHWs – was made in a Supreme Court ruling on 11 July.