People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 04 October 2010
FCA responds to misinformation being spread by organisations of tobacco growers about draft guidelines on tobacco flavours prepared for the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which will be held in Uruguay in November.
In a factsheet and question-answer document, FCA clarifies that the guidelines are designed to remove additives that make tobacco products attractive to youth. It also explains that the guidelines do not ban particular types of tobacco but recommend that Parties to the FCTC “restrict or prohibit” flavourings.
- Published on 30 September 2010
Health leaders in the Americas vowed to resist tobacco industry pressure and support efforts to reduce tobacco use during a recent meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
- Published on 23 September 2010
Despite strong tobacco industry resistance, tobacco control advocates in Malaysia helped implement pictorial warning labels that exceed policy guidelines, a new report found.
The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) recently released the report, Implementing Pictorial Health Warnings in Malaysia: Challenges and Lessons Learned, which highlights Malaysia’s experience with implementing pictorial warning labels on tobacco packs despite huge tobacco industry resistance.
- Published on 23 September 2010
A Tobacco Control law is official in Honduras, and will enter into force during February 2011, announced the country’s government in its newspaper on 21 August 2010. Once the law enters into force, authorities will have six months to regulate it.
The announcement was made just a few days after the Honduran president’s official residence in Tegucigalpa was declared smoke-free. Since then, other bodies of the government have also declared smoke-free areas.
- Published on 09 September 2010
The Maldives has adopted a Tobacco Control bill - bringing the country one step closer to implementing its WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) obligations. The bill must be implemented by 18 August 2011.
Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) South-East Asia co-ordinator Shailesh Vaite said the bill would serve as an instrument for the people of the Maldives to protect themselves against death and disease caused by tobacco.
- Published on 03 September 2010
FCTC Article 13
The internet is providing an ideal marketing outlet for large tobacco companies due to its unregulated nature, according to findings from a recent study by the University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand.
The study analysed 163 English language videos on YouTube for tobacco brand images and words. The study’s authors (Lucy Elkin, George Thomson and Nick Wilson) used five of the leading global cigarette brands – Marlboro, Winston, Benson and Hedges, Mild Seven and L&M – to conduct their research.
- Published on 02 September 2010
The final Declaration of the annual United Nations conference for NGOs recognises noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) as one of the significant health challenges facing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Declaration from the Conference, agreed by 1,600 participants representing over 350 NGOs from more than 70 countries, also called on governments to “respect and implement” international health agreements such as the FCTC.
- Published on 17 August 2010
Barbados will go smoke-free in all public places this October.
The ban covers public areas like bars, restaurants, hotels, rum shops, businesses, government buildings libraries and museums.
- Published on 06 August 2010
Spain will require pictorial warnings on all cigarette packaging as of May, 2011.
The warning sizes will cover about 43 percent of the front of cigarette packages, and about 53 per cent of the back, which include a black border.
- Published on 04 August 2010
Mobile courts in Bangladesh continue chasing down violators of the country’s tobacco law.
With the help of non-government orgainsations (NGOs), the local government in the Kustia Sadar sub district formed a mobile court in July to fine people for smoking in public places, including the Bittipara Bazar and Kustia-Jhenaidah Highway. Four bus drivers were also fined for smoking in their buses. The court also removed illegal cigarette advertising.