The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Latest pictures: March - April 2012

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control.

View the slideshow to see what our members got up to during March and April 2012.

Control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Niger passes to action

Executive Secretary/SOS Tabagisme-Niger

Responsible for more than 63 percent of deaths worldwide and for one-half of global cases of disability, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) result in huge costs to families and health systems.

Like other countries, Niger pays a heavy price to care for the victims of NCDs. According to the World Health Organization (IARC Global study, 1998), cancer incidence in Niger was 2,688 in 1998 and is currently estimated at 8,000 new cases per year. The care of cancer victims represents most of the costs of medical evacuation (1.5 billion CFA [$US1.5 million] per year on average).

Declaration of the Latin American and Caribbean delegation to WCTOH 2012

24 March 2012

"... we call on all governments to take the following steps:
•         To those who have not yet done so (Argentina, El Salvador, Cuba, and Dominican Republic) ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
•         For those who have ratified we urge you to apply public policies in line with the WHO FCTC and other international standards to guarantee the welfare and health of their countries.
•         We urge all governments to adopt policies for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC ensuring the exclusion of the tobacco industry from the negotiation of tobacco control policies, and ensure transparency and mechanisms for anti-corruption policies.

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Brazil bans flavoured tobacco

Brazil flavours banned 250312Spicy Mix (blue) and Citrus Mix (yellow) flavoured tobacco in Brazil. (c) FCA.In a world’s first, Brazil has banned all flavours and additives in tobacco products throughout the country because they lure many young people into starting to smoke.

The new law requires the banning of all flavours, such as menthol, honey, cherry, tutti-frutti and chocolate, plus additives like ammonia, sweeteners, colours, vitamins and essential fatty acids.

New Bloomberg funding rightly targets tobacco control ‘on the ground’

By FCA Director Laurent Huber

The $220 million in funding for global tobacco control announced Thursday by Michael Bloomberg is incredibly important. It focuses on low and middle-income countries, which have become centres of the tobacco epidemic, and targets of the voracious tobacco industry.

These countries are also increasingly feeling the burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes, for which tobacco use is the main risk factor. World leaders last year agreed on accelerated implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a major step in the fight to prevent these killer diseases.

FCTC: Action Now! campaign draws crowd at WCTOH

question200pxA question at the FCA workshop. © Cornel Radu-LoghinNearly 100 members of the Framework Convention Alliance and other tobacco control advocates attended the workshop on FCA's campaign, FCTC: Action Now! at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health on Tuesday, 20 March.

Questions had to be limited because of the lack of time, particularly during presentations about national experiences, from: Dennis Rada, Bolivia; Olcott Gunasekera, Sri Lanka, and Ibrahim Maiga Djibo, Niger.

Big tobacco slowing FCTC implementation

Tobacco Watch 2012 report cTobacco industry influence over countries’ tobacco control plans is blocking a key tool in fighting killer diseases like cancer, says a report released by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

In September 2011, world leaders singled out tobacco control as key to tackling the skyrocketing global burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

UN task force on tobacco control holds special session

The World Health Organization hosted a special meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control 27-28 February 2012 in Geneva.

According to WHO, the main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the multisectoral and interagency response to needs related to global implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Brunei boosts warnings and non-smoking areas

Brunei’s Government has announced it will increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packages so that they cover 75 percent of the package area instead of 50 percent. It will also expand the country’s non-smoking areas.

FCTC-related events at the World Conference

A number of FCTC-related activities are scheduled for the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

These include items on shadow reporting, tobacco and development, accelerating FCTC implementation, women and tobacco use, the draft illicit trade protocol and FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and let us know if you have updates.