People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 18 February 2011
A number of events related to tobacco use have been scheduled during the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. They include:
Free workshop - Working Our Rights Away: Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out
- Published on 18 February 2011
All public transport vehicles in Bangladesh must display no-smoking signs or they will not be able to renew their licenses, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently announced.
BRTA made the announcement as a follow-up to a seminar in December on the importance of smoke-free public transport.
- Published on 15 February 2011
A recent article in Tobacco Control found that the coordinated efforts of advocates and policymakers led to the successful implementation of Mexico City’s 100 per cent smoke-free law. The study outlines the development of the smoke-free law, identifies major implementation challenges faced, and describes the actions taken by advocates to ensure success.
• The hospitality industry claimed the 100 per cent smoke-free law would hurt their business and that designated smoking rooms were unconstitutional and impractical.
• At the federal level, a weaker smoke-free law required designated smoking rooms and allowed the tobacco industry to create confusion among restaurant and bar owners about which law should be followed in Mexico City.
• Two pro-tobacco legislators in Mexico City filed a Supreme Court lawsuit against the constitutionality of the 100 per cent smoke-free law.
See the abstract here.
- Published on 14 February 2011
The NCD Alliance will host a side event to mark the launch of its new publication on women and NCDs. Panellists will discuss:
- Girls and women’s unique vulnerability to the socio-economic determinants and risk factors of NCDs;
- Impact of NCDs on the health and socio-economic position of girls and women;
- The importance of women’s empowerment for the prevention of the global NCD epidemic;
- The implications for current policies and practices;
- The opportunity of the forthcoming UN High-Level Summit on NCDs in September 2011.
- Published on 08 February 2011
The activities of rebel groups and corruption in governments that also lack capacity, not differing levels of taxation in neighbouring states, are the main reasons for tobacco smuggling in eastern and central Africa, according to an article published in the journal Tobacco Control.
Based on more than 400 interviews conducted by Dr Kristof Titeca of the University of Antwerp from 2005 to 2010, with smugglers, government and customs officials and others, the article analyses the trade in smuggled cigarettes between Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Although cigarette prices in those countries are low (US$0.6 per pack for the most popular brand), the easy avoidance of taxation fuels the smuggling by traders who work in cooperation with rebel groups, the article says.
- Published on 07 February 2011
The Organising Committee of the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health is accepting proposals for sessions at the conference until 28 February. All proposals related to tobacco control will be considered. The theme for the conference is "Towards a Tobacco-free World: Planning Globally, Acting Locally".
For further information, click here.
- Published on 02 February 2011
FCA has written to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to urge his government to introduce strong legislation to effectively protect Russians from the harms of tobacco use, in accordance with Russia’s National Concept on Tobacco Control and its obligations under the FCTC.
The letter also expresses deep concern about two tobacco-related bills introduced into the Duma recently and posted on the Duma website. See the full letter below:
- Published on 26 January 2011
A list of materials for promoting implementation of Article 12 (education, communication, training and public awareness) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has been posted to the website of the FCTC Secretariat.
- Published on 20 January 2011
According to online voting, Philip Morris International is not as wicked as five other contenders nominated for an annual award for “most evil corporation”. The Public Eye Awards were started in 2000 by Berne Declaration and Friends of the Earth as a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum.
Leading the race for the award is Neste Oil, followed by British Petroleum (BP) - http://www.publiceye.ch/en/vote/.
PMI was nominated by REDES/ Friends of the Earth Uruguay, for making a complaint to the World Bank against the Government of Uruguay’s tobacco control measures.
Online voting ends 28 Jan.
- Published on 13 January 2011
All venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh will be smoke-free thanks to the continuous tobacco control activities held in the country.
Although smoking in Bangladesh is prohibited in public places (mostly indoor), smoking is still allowed in open sports grounds.