People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 20 May 2012
FCA Director Laurent Huber was interviewed by Jody Nkashama of Radio Okapi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in March.
They discussed tobacco industry interference, particularly in Africa.
- Published on 20 May 2012
Dear NATT friends,
Corporate Accountability International, joined by allies like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and REAL, just got back from the Philip Morris International shareholders' meeting, so I wanted to update everyone on what we set out to do, what we accomplished, and some highlights from the actions that we organized.
- Published on 12 May 2012
The theme for this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is industry interference. WHO member states created WNTD in 1987 to draw attention to the preventable death and disease caused by the tobacco epidemic.
Tobacco industry threats to governments implementing the tobacco control measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are growing stronger. Like the governments of Norway and Australia, which the tobacco industry is targeting for legal action, countries in the developing world are also under attack.
- Published on 04 May 2012
Tobacco industry interference is this year’s theme for the World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May.
The day will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
Below are resources prepared by FCA for advocacy around the Day, in English, French and Spanish. We've also listed resources from WHO, FCA members and others.
- Image slideshow: FCA members take on big tobacco during WNTD 2012 - see what our members got up to on WNTD 2012
- Video: World health leaders attack tobacco industry
- Published on 29 April 2012
Tobacco control advocates and officials met last week in Benin to discuss how to strengthen tobacco taxes in the west African nation and surrounding region.
The low prices of tobacco products in Benin translate into a high consumption rate, said Dr. Judith Segnon-Agueh, Tobacco Control Focal Point in the Benin Ministry of Health.
- Published on 27 April 2012
Several prominent US business organisations are threatening retaliation against New Zealand if it introduces plain tobacco packaging.
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) President Matthew Myers says this threat is appalling, and sends the wrong message globally about the priorities of American businesses, which oppose life-saving measures and instead support an industry whose products kill people.
Read on for the full CTFK press release.
- Published on 24 April 2012
Tobacco control regulations recently announced by Indonesia are a move in the right direction but much more needs to be done, said The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on 23 April.
"It is not a stringent regulation in comparison to the region, but it is certainly moving in the right direction," the organisation said in a statement.
Particularly welcome are announced pictorial health warnings that will cover 40 percent of packages; however, that still leaves Indonesia lagging behind its neighbours in ASEAN, added SEATCA.
- Published on 11 April 2012
By Chris Bostic
Deputy Director, ASH (US)
I returned from Singapore at the end of March fired up.
The 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health had accomplished its main goal – to reinvigorate its constituency. This is vital, since in spite of our collective efforts since 1967 there are more smokers, more deaths and more children being addicted in 2012.
Even the 36 hours of travel to get home could not dampen my determination, and it gave me ample time to reflect on how this conference was a bit different than the previous ones in Helsinki and Washington (I missed Mumbai).
The four main aspects of the conference that stood out for me were:
- Published on 04 April 2012
Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on Wednesday agreed on a draft protocol to fight the global trade in illicit tobacco.
The agreement maintains the essential barrier between public health and the tobacco industry, and paves the way for governments to ratchet up the fight against the tobacco epidemic by raising taxes.
- Published on 02 April 2012
By Patricia Sosa, Director, Latin America programs, CTFK
On 22 March 2012, President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica signed into law comprehensive tobacco control legislation, including strong smoke-free policies, advertising and marketing bans, pictorial warning labels and a higher tobacco tax.
Tobacco control legislation was first introduced into Costa Rica's National Assembly in 2009. At that time, the bill contained the strongest tobacco control language to date in Latin America.