People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 04 February 2012
In March, FCA will attend the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) in Singapore. The Conference has been held every three years since 1967, and is a chance for researchers, advocates and public health officials to better coordinate their efforts in combating the tobacco epidemic.
- Published on 03 February 2012
As usual, FCA will have a team of experienced advocates at the upcoming Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (INB5). We will also publish the Bulletin daily newspaper and organise the Death Clock ceremony.
A pre-INB briefing will be held for FCA members at Maison des associations on the afternoon of 28 March.
- Published on 30 January 2012
Madagascar has become the third country in Africa and at least the 46th country/ jurisdiction in the world to require picture-based health warnings for tobacco packages.
The Interministerial Decision was approved on 30 September 2011. It will require picture health warnings on packages of cigarettes and some other tobacco products. The warnings will have to cover 65 percent of the front and back of packages, with the picture on the front and a text message on the back.
- Published on 26 January 2012
Tobacco is so commonplace - globally more than one-quarter of adults use it - that it is easy to overlook how extraordinarily dangerous it is to human health and well-being.
As the only risk factor common to the four main non-communicable disease (NCD) categories, tobacco use now causes 1 in 6 of all NCD deaths.
- Published on 25 January 2012
In a shining example of proactive advocacy, members of the NGO Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control met Benin's Minister of Justice and Law, Madame Marie Elyse Gbedo, on 11 January 2012 to discuss their draft shadow report.
During the ½ hour visit "we also drew the attention of the minister to the concerns of civil society on the process of revising the legislative framework on tobacco control", said Augustin Faton, president of the NGO and executive secretary of the association of civil society organisations working for tobacco control in Benin.
After the review is final, the legislation will be sent to Parliament, said Faton.
During the meeting the Minister also related her own experiences as a civil society actor, and reassured the advocates of her support. She also pledged to take personal charge of the review of the law, according to Augustin.
The shadow report for Benin is expected to be published by 20 February 2012.
- Published on 19 January 2012
The Political Declaration of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Summit requests WHO develop a comprehensive global monitoring framework and voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs.
- Published on 17 January 2012
|One of the graphic warnings to be included on tobacco packages in Ireland. (c) Government of Ireland.|
Ireland is set to become the ninth European Union country to require picture warnings on tobacco packages, on 1 February 2013. It will follow Hungary, which recently announced its warnings will come into force on 1 September 2012.
The text in Ireland's warnings will be in both English and Irish.
- Published on 09 January 2012
|Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (centre) receives a letter from the FCA. Left: Anouar Gharbi, president of the NGO Association droit pour tous; Right:Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament and Director of CIPRET-Genève. (c) Frédéric Pfyffer, RTS|
A letter from the Framework Convention Alliance was hand-delivered to the interim president of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, in early January 2012.
The letter congratulated the leader for his election in December. It also warned about attempts by the tobacco industry to strengthen its influence in the northern African country following the revolution of January 2011.
- Published on 06 January 2012
Togo's tobacco excise tax rose five per cent in the 2012 budget.
The proposed tax for 2012 was 35 per cent, but last December parliamentarians recommended it increase by 10 per cent because of the positive health impact. After debate, a 5 per cent increase was agreed.
- Published on 21 December 2011
The first draft of Vietnam’s tobacco control law was prepared by legal experts in the ministry of health who had little knowledge of tobacco control.
It was very weak, says Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Country Director of the Vietnam office of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) HealthBridge. For example, “the smoke-free provisions included many exemptions”, she says on a recent trip to Ottawa for the HealthBridge annual meeting.