The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

US business organisation does bidding of Big Tobacco globally

US Chamber of Commerce helping Big Tobacco globallyThe US Chamber of Commerce is working systematically around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use, according to a new report.

Kenyan civil society battles on

A campaign in favour of the regulationsEven as they await a crucial court ruling scheduled for 10 July, activists in Kenya continue to fight for tobacco control measures to be put in place.

The High Court is set to rule this week on whether the Kenyan Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) can become a party to the tobacco industry’s petition against proposed new regulations.

FCA member applauds Ukraine decision to drop WTO challenge

The Ukraine Government’s decision to suspend the country’s case before the World Trade Organization against Australia's plain packaging law marks a milestone, says the Ukrainian Smoke Free Coalition.

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.