People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 16 July 2014
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.
- Published on 03 June 2014
Over 10 years ago, the world’s governments agreed a blueprint for fighting the tobacco epidemic: the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s time the world got serious about implementing it, says FCA Director Laurent Huber, in a new article.
Progress has been made, writes Laurent in the article in Cancer Control.
- Published on 22 May 2014
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific.
It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue.
- Published on 13 May 2014
Local activists pledged to unite in support of tobacco control and to fight tobacco industry interference in Madagascar, following a three-day leadership training.
“We would like to assure you that a tobacco control network shall see the light in the coming weeks in Madagascar,” said Mr. Haja Ramamonjisoa, president of Ny Sahy, a civil society organisation in the municipality of Antananarivo.
- Published on 06 May 2014
Below is a recent 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.
- Published on 01 May 2014
The journal Tobacco Control has given a thumbs-up to a new index to measure tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia.
- Published on 20 March 2014
UK diplomats must avoid a long list of actions that could be seen to support the tobacco industry, according to new instructions from their government.
The 'guidance' was issued on 6 March 2014, two years after ASH-UK revealed that the UK Ambassador to Panama was lobbying his government on behalf of British American Tobacco (BAT).
- Published on 12 February 2014
Below are some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2014.
Six 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.