The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco control ‘hotspots’ in 2014

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below are some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2014.

Six 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.

Pacific trade deal: US attorneys back Malaysia’s proposed ‘carve out'


By Chris Bostic

Deputy Director of Policy, ASH (US)

On 27 January, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman requesting that tobacco products be exempted from all trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) now being negotiated.

The letter is direct and well-reasoned, but perhaps the most exciting aspect is the number of signatures – 45 individual attorneys general.

Progress on NCDs insufficient: Why?


Three years ago, the tobacco control community prepared for the first ever United Nations (UN) high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – the UN Summit on NCDs. The rationale was simple:

“Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs; accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is an essential way to tackle these diseases and save lives”.*

ASEAN: Far to go to prevent tobacco industry interference - report


A report released on 1 Feb 2014 on tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia comes to a sobering conclusion: “Countries still have a long way to go in implementing FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines.”

The guidelines are 8 recommendations (and 34 sub-recommendations) on how Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should implement Art. 5.3, to prevent industry interference in policy making.

FCAers on the airwaves

 

FCA Director Laurent Huber and FCA AMRO Regional Director Eduardo Bianco were both recently interviewed about global tobacco control.

In his role as Executive Director of ASH (US), Laurent described the tobacco epidemic in the global context on Your Health Matters, a programme of Rowan University radio.

“Overall there’s an understanding of the problem, and I think there’s a willingness to act, but there’s a lack of awareness across the whole of government,” said Laurent.

New graphic warnings for Solomon Islands

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.

New graphic warnings for Solomon Islands

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.

Triple tobacco tax, prevent 200 million deaths

Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Boosting tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would encourage people to quit smoking altogether rather than switch to a cheaper brand, and would help stop young people from starting, concludes the review, Global Effects of Smoking, of Quitting and of Taxing Tobacco.

18+ to buy tobacco in the Netherlands

You will have to be at least 18 years of age to buy tobacco in the Netherlands as of 1 January 2014.

But the new rule is not a signal that the government is getting tough on tobacco use, says one advocate.

The back page that's read first at meetings of the FCTC's Parties

In this video, FCA members describe the important role that the Alliance plays at meetings of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), especially the Orchid and Ashtray awards in the FCA Bulletin.