People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 05 May 2016
FCA members are applauding a European Court of Justice decision on 4 May that dismisses the tobacco industry’s challenge of the measures in the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
The measures come into force on 20 May 2016 and include:
- 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 04 December 2015
Tobacco control legislation adopted in the Canadian province of Quebec on 26 November sets one global precedent and is among world leaders in another measure.
The law, which strengthens existing legislation, will require the world’s largest minimum surface area for package warnings: 4,648 square millimetres (46.5 square centimetres).
- Published on 19 October 2015
On 7 Oct 2015, the healthcare committee of Ukraine’s Parliament approved a draft law that calls for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco packages.
The law, based on a 2014 European Union directive, is staunchly opposed by the tobacco industry, whose representatives attended an intense committee session on 7 Oct. The measures in the draft law include:
- Published on 09 June 2015
Canadian provinces are leading the world in prohibiting the sale of menthol-flavoured cigarettes and other tobacco.
- Published on 11 January 2013
The Australian government plans to target tobacco industry interference, advertising and promotion, and cigarette affordability during the next six years.
The government announced these plans when it unveiled the National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2012-2018 on 2 January 2013.
Non-government organisations (NGOs) played a large role in helping create the strategy and will continue to play an integral part, says the strategy.
- Published on 23 March 2012
In a world’s first, Brazil has banned all flavours and additives in tobacco products throughout the country because they lure many young people into starting to smoke.
The new law requires the banning of all flavours, such as menthol, honey, cherry, tutti-frutti and chocolate, plus additives like ammonia, sweeteners, colours, vitamins and essential fatty acids.
- Published on 17 March 2011
A delegation of African tobacco control Non Government Organisations (NGOs) recently met staff of a sub-regional government body to discuss its opposition to partial guidelines relating to tobacco control product regulation.
Under the auspices of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), the delegation met trade and public relations staff from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), at their headquarters in Zambia. This followed meetings with tobacco control focal points from the Zambian Ministry of Health and the local WHO office.
- Published on 12 November 2010
Articles 9 and 10
Tobacco flavourings are an increasingly important part of tobacco industry marketing, particularly to young people. Flavourings enhance attractiveness, encourage youth initiation, and discourage cessation.
This issue, which is covered by the Article 9/10 guidelines of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), will be addressed at the upcoming Fourth Conference of the Parties. View images of some flavoured tobacco products and advertising from around the world.