People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Throughout the world FCA members took part in World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which occurred May 31 and highlighted how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is helping save lives globally by reducing smoking rates.
Some other global highlights on WNTD were:
- Australia: The Liberal party of Australia (in opposition) announce it won’t oppose plain packaging for tobacco products. This means the legislation will pass when it’s introduced during the next few months.
- Nigeria: The Nigerian House of Representatives pass the National Tobacco Control Bill.
- Pakistan: Islamabad (capital city) is declared smoke-free.
- Brazil: Areas of Rio de Janeiro are lit up in red – including the statue of Christ the Redeemer – as a warning about the dangers of smoking.
- UK: Cancer Research UK renews its call for the European Union (EU) to adopt standardised, plain packaging with graphic health warnings on all tobacco products.
- Tanzania: The Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum release shocking research showing an alarming trend in the use of child labour, human trafficking and slavery in the country’s tobacco farming.
- Lebanon: Over 40 pubs and restaurants in the Gemmayzeh bar district turn smoke-free as customers are asked to “put it out” or “take it outside” for “Ain’t No Smoking” day.
- Russia: Police encourage smokers at railway stations to give up smoking by offering to exchange lollipops for their cigarettes.
- Liberia: The Liberia Foundation for smoke free and illicit Tobacco Trade commends the Liberian government for endorsing regulations prohibiting Tobacco products in public places and sales to minor under 18years old.
- Paraguay: In the city of Asunción, a workshop was organised for lawyers on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), by the Organizacion Libre del Tabaco.
- The Netherlands: The Dutch Partnership on Smoking Cessation (DPSC) and the Dutch Public Health Federation hold a press conference to express concern about the Dutch cabinet’s health policy. Although the policy states tobacco as a key concern, there are no measures in the policy to address smoking. Plus the tobacco control budget will decrease by 50 per cent. DPSC chair Dr Onno van Schayck also received the World No Tobacco Day award for the partnership’s achievements in reimbursement for treatment of tobacco dependence.
- Mauritius: WNTD celebrations were muted after the death of tobacco control activist and former smoker Jean-Claude Augustave, who died on 31 May 2011.
- Benin: WNTD activities took place in Kabourou and were led by the Ministry of Health’s director of cabinet. The event also included the Secretary-General of the Prefecture and the WHO Resident Representative who delivered interesting speeches.
- South Pacific region: Organised a range of activities.
- Sierra Leone: Local non-profit Action for Development Sierra Leone held an advocacy and sensitisation workshop targeting stakeholders to garner support for implementation of the FCTC.
- Guyana: World No Tobacco Day events included a mounted display at the inaugural Feminition Expo, and the declaration of the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and related agencies as Smoke-Free Zones. The latter was particularly special since it signalled an end to an hiatus on tobacco control efforts in Guyana.
View the World Health Organization's WNTD promotional video below
FCA's WNTD 2011 press release: Tobacco control treaty embraced globally but needs boost on the ground.
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Press release from Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 225.38 KB]
Backgrounder: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) success stories.
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Document: Tobacco control for global health and development (including the NCD Summit)
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