The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Exposed – industry reps as COP5 delegates


When the COP broke into committees A & B this week, the public was excluded to keep out the tobacco industry. However, was the industry truly excluded?

Here is a quick audit of the industry’s interference at COP 5.

Governments must challenge Big Tobacco


This week, a European association of tobacco growers called UNITAB will be holding their 33rd Congress in Budapest, Hungary. This is one of several tobacco growers’ association events this year organised to attempt to undermine a lifesaving global public health treaty, which could save 200 million lives if fully implemented by 2050.

Corporate Accountability International (CAI) is calling on the Hungarian government and governments around the world to stand strong in their efforts to address the tobacco epidemic and condemn this global misinformation campaign. To learn more, read the full CAI press release.

Regional tobacco control alliance condemns Manila tobacco growers conference

 

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has condemned the international tobacco conference to be held in Manila (25 September 2012), warning of industry "deception" and "misinformation" that could be designed to mislead tobacco farmers into baseless panic and insecurity.

Tobacco industry interference in Africa


FCA Director Laurent Huber was interviewed by Jody Nkashama of Radio Okapi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in March.

They discussed tobacco industry interference, particularly in Africa.

Open letter to PMI CEO

Dear NATT friends,

Corporate Accountability International, joined by allies like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and REAL, just got back from the Philip Morris International shareholders' meeting, so I wanted to update everyone on what we set out to do, what we accomplished, and some highlights from the actions that we organized. 

World health leaders attack tobacco industry


The theme for this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is industry interference. WHO member states created WNTD in 1987 to draw attention to the preventable death and disease caused by the tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco industry threats to governments implementing the tobacco control measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are growing stronger. Like the governments of Norway and Australia, which the tobacco industry is targeting for legal action, countries in the developing world are also under attack.

Resources for World No Tobacco Day 2012

Tobacco industry interference is this year’s theme for the World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May.

The day will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Below are resources prepared by FCA for advocacy around the Day, in English, French and Spanish. We've also listed resources from WHO, FCA members and others.

This video outlines the industry’s tactics to undermine global tobacco control efforts, and how countries are fighting back. This video is also available in Spanish and French.

 

 

US business threatens New Zealand over tobacco reduction efforts

Several prominent US business organisations are threatening retaliation against New Zealand if it introduces plain tobacco packaging.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) President Matthew Myers says this threat is appalling, and sends the wrong message globally about the priorities of American businesses, which oppose life-saving measures and instead support an industry whose products kill people.

Read on for the full CTFK press release.