People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 12 April 2016
The first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control was launched in Brazil on 1 April.
- Published on 05 April 2016
By Ulysses Dorotheo, MD, FPAO*
Based on the three-year compliance deadline for Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Philippines should’ve implemented effective health warnings on packages by September 2008. Nearly eight years later, graphic health warnings have finally arrived.
- Published on 30 March 2016
The Kenyan High Court has rejected a challenge of the government’s new tobacco control measures by tobacco industry giant British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited.
- Published on 15 March 2016
By Johannes Spatz and Dieter Eichinger
Forum Rauchfrei, Germany
On February 25th the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a bill implementing the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD 2) in Germany. There is little doubt that the federal states will give their required consent on March 18th.
- Published on 18 February 2016
Many new hot spots have flared up in global tobacco control in 2016; others remain from last year.
There are two recurring themes:
- Published on 09 February 2016
FCAers in The Gambia have launched a two-year project aimed at accelerating sustainable implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the West African country.
- Published on 04 February 2016
The Government of the Ukraine continues to push up the rate of excise taxes that it levies on tobacco products.
The latest hike of 40 percent, as of 1 Jan. 2016, follows on three increases in 2015 that totalled 40 percent. It should result in prices increasing generally by 20-25 percent, according to the NGO Advocacy Center LIFE, a member of the Framework Convention Alliance.
- Published on 25 January 2016
By John Amanya
Coordinator of Programs and Capacity Building,
Uganda Alliance of Patients Organization
Although Uganda passed the Comprehensive Tobacco Control Bill 2014 on 19 September 2015 after a long, public battle with the tobacco industry, the only significant tobacco control measure it contains is the cigarette package health warning Smoking Causes Heart Disease, Lung Cancer and Death, which was approved in 2013.