People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 03 August 2010
Uruguay will resist pressure from tobacco giant Philip Morris by maintaining its cigarette warning labels. This is a great win for tobacco control worldwide!
The decision comes after weeks of public outcry and support for Uruguay, which has been a world leader in implementing the international tobacco treaty.
- Published on 29 July 2010
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has released its Customs and Tobacco report for 2009.
The report aims to address the global concern of illicit trade in tobacco products in the areas of revenue, health and sound economic development.
The report mainly focuses on global and regional illicit trade in cigarettes plus illicit trade in other tobacco products.
- Published on 28 July 2010
Uruguay’s new cigarette warning labels are under threat thanks to tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI).
Earlier this year, Uruguay implemented strong laws requiring that all cigarette warning labels cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages. This move meant Uruguay would have the largest cigarette warnings in the world, and championed the country as a tobacco control role model for other nations.
- Published on 26 July 2010
The number of people dying from smoking-related lung cancer in Asia over the next 20 years will double, according to new Australian research.
The George Institute of Global Health recently released a study that said a third of the world's smokers live in the Asia-Pacific region; however, Asian countries are slow to take up anti-smoking initiatives.
- Published on 22 July 2010
British American Tobacco (BAT) has become the latest cigarette
manufacturer to sign an agreement about smuggling and counterfeit with
the European Union and member states. Philip Morris International
signed a deal in 2004 while Japan Tobacco International signed in 2007.
The legally binding agreement requires BAT to implement global controls on its supply chain. If the group’s products are found on the illegal market within the EU in sufficient quantities, the manufacturer must make seizure payments.
- Published on 20 July 2010
What do the FIFA World Cup and smoking have in common?
Besides all of the football stadiums that went smoke-free this year in South Africa, Lebanese tobacco-free activists used the World Cup final match to help push their message outside the Lebanese parliament.
As the final football matched loomed, so too did the Lebanese government’s decision on a law to reduce tobacco usage.
- Published on 13 July 2010
Voters in the southern German state of Bavaria recently voted for a total smoking ban, and it is hoped the move will lead to tough new anti-smoking rules across the country.
Although only 37.7% of the eligible population participated in the 4 July referendum, 61% voted in favor of introducing a smoking ban in Bavarian hospitality venues.
- Published on 06 July 2010
The Honduran National Congress has approved a tobacco control law to protect people in Honduras from one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics – tobacco use.
The new law includes smoke-free environments; 80 per cent graphic warnings; bans on tobacco promotion; cessation programs; bans on internet and mail-order sales; and alternative tobacco crops for farmers.
- Published on 05 July 2010
Two state departments in the Philippines have joined forces to prevent the tobacco industry’s interference in the country’s public health initiatives.
The tobacco industry’s tactics to meddle with tobacco control policies and their implementation in the country pose the largest obstacle to public health in the Philippines.
- Published on 16 June 2010
If all African countries are to kick the tobacco epidemic they must ratify and implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), says Dr Patrick Musavuli – the Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) newly appointed regional coordinator (RC) for the WHO Africa Region (AFRO).
As of June 1 Patrick began his new FCA appointment and is already immersed in his job, which involves coordinating FCA's campaign activities in the African region, and playing an integral role in the African Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC).