People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 21 June 2016
As governments move to implement more tobacco control measures in South-East Asia the tobacco industry's propaganda machine is revving up, notes the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).
- Published on 14 June 2016
An "international coalition" seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products is actually an alliance of free-market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.
Almost all of the 47 organizations that signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Head Margaret Chan are members of the Atlas Network, a US organisation whose mission is "to litter the world with free-market think-tanks", and which has received funding from tobacco giant Philip Morris.
- Published on 17 May 2016
In an effort to block plain packaging laws coming into force across the world, the tobacco industry keeps pedalling propaganda about links to rising amounts of illicit tobacco.
Pictured: HMRC's estimate of the size of the illicit tobacco market in the UK, plotted alongside the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes (in 2014 GPP). The illicit market has consistently fallen at a time when tobacco prices have increased
- Published on 15 April 2016
By Maxime Compaore
I'm proud and excited to be Chair of the FCA Board at this crucial time in the life of our organisation, of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and of global tobacco control in general.
With the development phase of the treaty coming to an end we now turn our attention to ensuring that its proven, effective and cost-effective measures are implemented fully so that we can begin to reverse the tide of the tobacco epidemic.
- 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.