The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

‘Blood cigarettes’ smuggled in east, central Africa

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.

Proposals wanted - 15th WCTOH

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".

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FCA concerned about Russian bills

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:  

Resources for tobacco control education

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.

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PMI ‘least evil’ corporation?

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.

Cricket World Cup smoke-free

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.

Latest tobacco control pictures

Latest FCA pictures from around the world.Throughout the world Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

See what our members in Iran, Bangladesh, Germany and Zambia have been up to by viewing our latest picture slideshow.

Options for Malawi tobacco growers

“Africa has got the environment to grow whatever it wants to grow; it doesn’t have to be tobacco. Where you grow tobacco you can grow some other profitable commodities as well.” - Dr Monty Jones, Executive Director, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa

This BBC Radio story follows up the COP-4 decision to approve guidelines on Articles 9&10 that limit the flavourings used in tobacco products. It examines some of the alternatives being considered for tobacco farmers in Malawi. 

The story was broadcast on the World Tonight programme on Tuesday 21 December, which is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wqd1y. It begins at 32 minutes, 30 seconds into the programme.

Zambia struggles for smoke-free places

Zambia struggles to enforce bans on smoking in public places. (c) ZACALocal authorities in Zambia are struggling to enforce a law prohibiting smoking in public places, says the Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA).

The law came into place in Zambia during April 2008, but remains to be properly enforced throughout the country.

Send us your photos

Picture from COP-4, Uruguay.If you’re a Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) member and have some great photos of a recent tobacco control activity your organisation has been involved with then please send them to us.

We would love to use them in our latest pictures Flickr slideshow. We’ll also highlight them on our website and Facebook page.