The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Preparedness and perseverance secure strong tobacco control law in Costa Rica

CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March. (c) RENATABy Patricia Sosa, Director, Latin America programs, CTFK

On 22 March 2012, President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica signed into law comprehensive tobacco control legislation, including strong smoke-free policies, advertising and marketing bans, pictorial warning labels and a higher tobacco tax.

Tobacco control legislation was first introduced into Costa Rica's National Assembly in 2009. At that time, the bill contained the strongest tobacco control language to date in Latin America.

Netherlands’ minister denies intensive contact with industry

Anti-smoking groups, MPs and doctors are pressuring the Netherlands’ health minister to clarify her contacts with the tobacco industry.

The pressure stems from a TV documentary called Minister for Tobacco, which features interviews with pro-smoking campaigners, tobacco industry lobbyists and emails sent by the minister Edith Schippers. This showed Schippers had ‘intensive’ contact with the tobacco industry since she became an MP in 2003.

Papua New Guinea Health Minister Fights BAT

The Ministry of Health of Papua New Guinea (PNG) is refusing to attend meetings called by British American Tobacco (BAT) to establish a government-industry committee that would vet all policy and legislative matters concerning tobacco control.

In recent weeks BAT, via PNG’s Minister for Finance & Treasury, proposed to the National Executive Council (NEC) the creation of a government-industry committee.

Lessons learned fighting the industry in Brazil

ACT-Brazil team in a recent photo. (c) ACT-Br.A year ago, the Brazilian agency that regulates tobacco, ANVISA, proposed restrictions on tobacco additives and advertising at point of sale (POS). That provoked the tobacco industry into action. It organised groups including bar and restaurant associations to protest the proposals via mass media campaigns.

Soon after, the Ministry of Finance proposed to fast-track a bill on price and tax measures. Seeing an opportunity, the industry used its influence with members of Congress to add amendments to the Finance bill that would weaken the ANVISA regulations, along with other tobacco control measures.

In the following interview, ACT-Brazil Director Paula Johns, a member of the FCA Board, describes the current situation.

FCA backs Philippines against tobacco industry

FCA has congratulated the Government of the Philippines for its recent tobacco control (TC) initiatives and offered support in combating tobacco industry interference in those measures.

In its letter, FCA highlights the number of challenges the industry has launched against TC programmes, including a smoking ban in Metro Manila. “It is indeed most alarming how a number of pending cases utilise your own statute, Republic Act 9211 or the Tobacco Regulation Act, in restraining the execution of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which the Philippines ratified in 2005.”

Big Tobacco's reaction to global tobacco control

A new study published in Tobacco Control examines how Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BAT) interpreted the relationship between tobacco control non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the policy-making process that ultimately resulted in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  

It also examines how the companies have responded to global tobacco control policy-making. Findings are based on analyses of 506 internal tobacco industry documents released from U.S. litigation and posted online at the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.