The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

WCO's customs and tobacco report

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.

ACT: to protect Uruguay’s new cigarette labels

Mock up of Uruguay's new cigarette package labels.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.

Asia hit hard by smoking epidemic

Smoking rates in Asia set to double (c) Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.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.

Tobacco giant signs agreement with EU

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.

Lebanese activists take kick at smoking habit

IndyACT tobacco control activists play soccer outside the Lebanese parliament to represent what’s happening with the law to reduce tobacco use in Lebanon.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.

Bavaria gives smoking ban thumbs-up

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.

Honduras approves tobacco control law

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.

Philippine government takes on tobacco industry

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.

FCA gains a new AFRO regional coordinator

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). 

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South Africa kicks World Cup butt

Football is kicking butt at this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

That’s cigarette butts; as all stadium stands and areas around the pitch are smoke-free thanks to the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) move to enforce a smoke-free ban.