The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Focus on Kenya for Judy Wilkenfeld award

Rachel KitonyoThe Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) will award Kenyan Rachel Kitonyo with its Judy Wilkenfeld award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. The awards will take place in Washington DC on May 6.

In a country where 12,000 people die a year from tobacco related illnesses, CTFK president Matthew Myers said Kitonyo’s dedication and leadership in helping to reduce tobacco use in Kenya and throughout Africa made her a highly deserving recipient of the award.

BMJ’s Tobacco Control journal online

The latest edition of the British Medical Journal’s Tobacco Control is online.

Tobacco Control is an international peer review journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide. It is for public health professionals, researchers, policy makers and educators involved in tobacco control.

This issue covers: COP3; tobacco corporate social responsibility; global tobacco control; plus a variety or research papers and reports.

Find out more, visit the site.

$US 10,000 special opportunity grants

The next round of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Special Opportunity Grants is open.

The grants assist advocates in their work towards supporting the development, adoption and implementation of strong FCTC guidelines and protocols. Up to eight grants are available and each is worth $US 10,000.

To qualify, applicants must be tobacco control advocates from low to mid income countries. FCTC members’ applications will receive preference. Applications close 6 March 2009.

Iran receives first graphic warnings on cigarette packages

Cigarette packs say: (top) Now you judge, (bottom) Death – Life.Iran’s battle against tobacco consumption took a step forward this month as the country received its first series of cigarette packages with health warning pictures.

The warnings come at an important time as World Health Organization statistics show that smoking rates are rising in Iran, despite the country’s efforts to reduce tobacco consumption since the 1990s.

Mauritius leads Africa with cigarette pack warnings

As of June 2009 cigarette packs in Mauritius will carry graphic warning images, making the country the first in Africa to introduce health warnings on cigarette packaging.

The warnings fall under Article 11 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control where Parties agree to adopt effective measures to ensure tobacco product packaging and labeling have large, clear health warnings and do not promote tobacco products in false, misleading or deceptive ways.

Bulletin COP3 Issue 85

Saturday's issue (85) from the sixth day of the third session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, is available for download.

Bulletin COP3 Issue 84

Friday's issue (84) from the fifth day of the third session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, is available for download [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 315.09 KB].

Headlines featured in this issue:

  • Sink or Swim
  • Argentina:Grave Interferencia de la Industria Tabacalera en el Control del Tabaco
  • Congratulations!
  • Financement de la lutte contre le tabac: ne devrait-onpas taxer les bénéfices faramineux de l’industrie?
  • Ou en est le controle du tabac en Algerie?
  • Non aux accords de partenaria entre les industries dutabac et les services desdouanes en Afrique
  • Time is on Our Side
  • Publicite et promotion du tabac au Senegal:
  • Programas de prevencion de consumo en menores, otraestrategia de marketing de las tabacaleras
  • Tobacco Tax Issues Emerge in Committee B
  • Costa Ricaavanza con entusiasmo en la implementacion del CMCT



CCS releases cigarette package health warnings report

The Canadian Cancer Society has released its Cigarette Package Health Warnings International Status report. The report summarizes cigarette package health warning requirements by country, including both Parties and non-Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

It also provides an international overview ranking 140 countries based on the size of warnings for cigarette packages, and lists those countries that have finalized requirements for picture-based warnings.

Bulletin COP3 Issue 83

Thursday's issue (83) from the fourth day of the third session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, is available for download [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 338.69 KB].

Headlines featured in this issue:

  • Making future reforms easier: why we need strong guidelines on Article 5.3
  • JAPAN:The continuing scourge of cigarette vending machines
  • BAT’s African Footprint
  • FCTC logo adopted
  • La mise en œuvre de la CCLAT en Afrique: le cas du Niger
  • Save Money and Lives: why an illicit trade protocol must bea priority
  • Start thinking seriously about cessation
  • Regional wars aggravate Iran’s battle against tobacco

Bulletin COP3 Issue 82

Wednesday's issue (82) from the third day of the third session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, is available for download[Adobe Acrobat PDF - 432 KB].

Headlines featured in this issue:

•    Time to take reporting seriously.
•    Tobacco industry transparency essential for effective tobacco control.
•    Manipulating Africa.
•    Sex and the city.
•    Weak new Chinese health warnings now on packages. Download in Chinese [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 129.48 KB].
•    Sri Lanka wants total freedom from second-hand smoke.
•    Fenêtre ouverte sur la corruption de l’ industrie du tabac.
•    No se dejen manipular por la industria. ¡actúen ya!
•    Por un panama libre de humo de tabaco.