The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Australia defeats Big Tobacco's challenge!

Eg of Aus plain packaging 200411Example of Australia's plain packaging (c) Gov. of AustraliaAustralia's High Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry of a new law on plain packaging of cigarettes.

The decision means that as of 1 December 2012 all tobacco sold in the country will be in the same colour packages, without logos or other brand markings.

“This is a important victory for global tobacco control,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber.

Mauritius bans tobacco displays

Mauritius has adopted a ban on tobacco product displays at point-of-sale areas, except duty-free shops in airports.

South African appeal court cites FCTC

Rally COP3 SAfrica 2008A rally at the 2008 meeting of the FCTC Parties, in South Africa.South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal cited the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in its verdict last week that upheld a ban on tobacco advertising.

'In relation to advertising, the Framework Convention imposes clear obligations on State parties .... I do not think it was open to the Minister and the legislature to ignore the Framework Convention when considering what steps to take to deal with the risks posed by tobacco use', said the judgement.

Kenya takes steps to improve tobacco taxation

By Vincent Kimosop, Clara Mwanthi and Emma Wanyonyi, International Institute for Legislative Affairs

Kenya signed and ratified the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in June 2004, committing itself to implementing a number of measures, including putting in place tax and price policies targeted at reducing demand for tobacco products.

Subsequently, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act 2007, which provides that the Minister of Finance shall, amongst other things, "implement tax and price policies on tobacco and tobacco products so as to contribute to the objects of the Act" (section 12). Those objects include protecting the health of Kenyans, especially those below the age of 18.

Cook Islands to raise tobacco tax

The Cook Islands government will increase tax on tobacco in its next budget.

The country's finance minister Mark Brown says the government will be increasing import levies on cigarettes and tobacco by 33 percent annually over the next three years.

Full story on the Radio New Zealand International website

Malaysia releases GATS results

Malaysia has released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results, which highlight adult tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco control measures in the country.

While many countries conduct individual surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, the GATS survey provides a standard global survey for tracking tobacco use amongst adults (15 years and over) globally.

NCDs consultation in EMRO in September

WHO and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health are hosting a conference on the implementation of the UN Political Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases in the EMRO Region, 10-12 September 2012.

Representatives from ministries of health, foreign affairs and planning, the League of Arab States, United Nations funding agencies, programmes and agencies, international financial institutions, development banks and other key international organizations are expected to attend.

The aims of the conference are to:

Honduras and Bolivia lead in making tobacco control a development priority

Bolivia and Honduras have become Latin American leaders at including implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in their national development agendas.

With support from FCA, civil society organisations in both countries have worked successfully in recent months to explain to government officials and international agencies the links between poverty and tobacco use. This work builds upon the Political Declaration of the 2011 UN Summit on NCDs (non-communicable diseases), which recognised the important role tobacco control can play in development.

FCA's submission to WHO's consultations on commitments made at the 2011 UN NCDs Summit

This submission to WHO's consultations on the commitments made in the September 2011 Political Declaration on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) focuses on:

A comprehensive global monitoring framework, including indicators, and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs.

Among other things it recommends: "... the adoption of an overarching goal at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012 to reduce preventable deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025".

Options for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs through partnership.

Among other things it states: "FCA's experience in the field of tobacco control shows that strong and successful tobacco control, for instance tobacco tax policy, requires the commitment and cooperation of numerous sectors: health, trade, customs and finance to name a few; be this at the country level, regionally or globally."

Read the full submission.

Ukraine signs smoke-free law

The Ukraine government has signed a comprehensive Smoke-Free law that totally bans smoking in indoor places like cafes, bars and restaurants.

Chairman of the Board of the Regional Advocacy Center LIFE in Ukraine Andriy Skipalskyi says the move is a great public health victory over the tobacco industry’s commercial interests.