People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 03 June 2014
Over 10 years ago, the world’s governments agreed a blueprint for fighting the tobacco epidemic: the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s time the world got serious about implementing it, says FCA Director Laurent Huber, in a new article.
Progress has been made, writes Laurent in the article in Cancer Control.
- Published on 29 May 2014
Tobacco control advocates answered the question ‘Why is smoking increasing in Africa?’ on an episode of the Voice of America programme Straight Talk Africa, on 28 May.
Two main reasons explain the growing use of tobacco on the continent, said Joshua Kyallo, Africa Programme Director for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK).
- Published on 22 May 2014
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific.
It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue.
- Published on 13 May 2014
Local activists pledged to unite in support of tobacco control and to fight tobacco industry interference in Madagascar, following a three-day leadership training.
“We would like to assure you that a tobacco control network shall see the light in the coming weeks in Madagascar,” said Mr. Haja Ramamonjisoa, president of Ny Sahy, a civil society organisation in the municipality of Antananarivo.
- 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 01 May 2014
The journal Tobacco Control has given a thumbs-up to a new index to measure tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia.
- Published on 28 April 2014
Tobacco use and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are devastating populations and must be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda, said panellists at a United Nations event on 28 April.
FCA, along with the missions of Belgium, Jamaica and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), co-sponsored the side event.
- Published on 23 April 2014
Thanks to civil society protests, the Ukraine Government will increase tobacco taxes by 25 percent on 1 July 2014.
After the government announced a planned increase of just eight percent, activists protested. They campaigned in the media, picketed the office of the Cabinet of Ministers and contacted the Ministry of Finance, until the government relented.
- Published on 21 April 2014
Global coordination of efforts to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is important. But it should not duplicate already existing processes, such as the discussions and governance on tobacco control, which take place at the sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Unfortunately, as it stands now, this could happen!
- Published on 15 April 2014
FCA and partners invite you to an event on tobacco control and non-communicable diseases in the post-2015 development agenda.