People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 19 August 2016
An expert commentary on the global treaty, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
By Jim Thrasher*
Increasingly, countries that have already implemented pictorial health warning labels (HWLs) that cover up to 50 percent of tobacco packages are promoting, adopting, and implementing more prominent HWLs1.
- Published on 19 July 2016
Vanuatu has joined Nepal with the world’s largest graphic health warnings (GHWs) on tobacco packages, covering 90 percent of the pack surface.
Officials in Vanuatu responsible for the measure say that they also considered implementing plain packaging (packages stripped of all branding, including logos and colours) but there was concern of threat of legal action by the tobacco industry as has been the case for other countries such as Australia.
- Published on 18 July 2016
By FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson*
The 8 July trade tribunal decision upholding Uruguay’s cigarette labelling requirements was widely celebrated by tobacco control advocates. Philip Morris, the claimant, lost across the board in its efforts to stop Uruguay implementing 80-percent health warnings and to keep selling multiple version of its flagship Marlboro brand.
- Published on 13 July 2016
Many Pacific Island countries were busy earlier this year getting ready to implement plain packaging, which was the theme for World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2016.
- 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 08 June 2016
The global tobacco control community celebrated World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The theme was Getting Ready for Plain Packaging.
A number of important developments occurred to mark the day:
- Published on 02 June 2016
A new index is helping governments in South-East Asia strengthen implementation of tobacco packaging and labelling in their countries.
Released by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, (SEATCA) the Tobacco Packaging and Labelling Index evaluates how countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) implement recommendations from Article 11 guidelines of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
- Published on 19 May 2016
Congratulations to France and the UK, which on 20 May 2016 join Australia as countries that have adopted plain packaging for tobacco products.