People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 06 May 2014
Below is a recent update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014.
Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.
- Published on 12 January 2014
Congratulations to Solomon Islands! After years of efforts, the Pacific Island country in December 2013 passed regulations to implement its Tobacco Control Act (2010).
The rules require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, covering 70 percent of the front face and 30 percent of the back. The warnings must be in place by 1 January 2015.
- Published on 01 October 2013
Thailand and Sri Lanka are being denied bragging rights for having among the world’s largest graphic warnings on cigarette packs because of challenges from the tobacco industry.
- Published on 22 July 2013
Noted medical journal The Lancet has called the UK Government's decision to not implement plain packaging of cigarettes a "disgrace".
"What does the UK Government's decision say, if not that economics trumps health?" asks the journal in an editorial published on 20 July, adding, "The UK should join Australia and New Zealand in setting an example to the countries looking to strengthen their resolve against the tobacco epidemic."
- Published on 28 May 2013
On 28 May the Irish Minister for Health announced that the Government’s Cabinet had approved the drafting of legislation for generic packaging.
The Minister for Health said he wants legislation drafted and prepared later this year, which he hopes will be enacted early in 2014.
Ireland would be the second country in the world, after Australia, to require tobacco to be sold in plain packages - free of manufacturers’ logos, colours and other brand imagery, and dominated by graphic health warnings. New Zealand has also announced it will follow Australia’s lead.
- Published on 19 February 2013
The New Zealand government will legislate plain packaging of tobacco products, making it the second country (after Australia) to introduce plain packs.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (featured on the New Zealand Herald) website, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the legislation was another step on the path towards a smoke-free nation by 2025. Watch the press conference below.
- Published on 11 November 2012
More than 60 countries now require graphic cigarette package warnings with Australia ranking the highest in terms of progress on labelling, an international report by the Canadian Cancer Society found.
The report ranks 198 countries and territories on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages, and was released today at the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) being held in Seoul, South Korea from November 12 to 17.
- Published on 05 October 2012
Sri Lanka has passed regulations that mandate some of the largest picture warnings on cigarette packs in the world.
The warnings will cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages; the text portion of the warning will be in three languages - Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The regulations also ban the use of misleading descriptions, including 'light', 'mild' 'low', 'extra' and 'ultra'.
Once implemented, Sri Lanka will have among the largest cigarette health warnings in the world, along with Australia at 82.5 percent (75 percent front, 90 percent back), and Uruguay at 80 percent (80 percent front and back).
- Published on 15 August 2012
Australia's High Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry of a new law on plain packaging of cigarettes.
The decision means that as of 1 December 2012 all tobacco sold in the country will be in the same colour packages, without logos or other brand markings.
“This is a important victory for global tobacco control,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber.