People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 06 May 2014
Below is a recent update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014.
Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.
- Published on 22 April 2013
This year's theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 (WNTD 2013) , which takes place on 31 May 2013, is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.
A comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion (TAPS) and sponsorship is required under Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) for all Parties to this treaty within five years of the entry into force of the Convention for that Party.
- Published on 12 March 2013
The Framework Convention Alliance has congratulated the Government of Thailand for creating the world's largest graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.
The warnings will cover 85 percent of the front and back of packages when they come into effect six months after being printed in the Government's gazette (roughly in October).
"I would like to sincerely congratulate Your Excellency for your firm commitment to strengthen health warnings on cigarette packages in Thailand. The new graphic health warnings will lead the world and further protect public health," wrote FCA Director Laurent Huber to Thai Minister of Health H.E. Dr. Pradith Sinthawanarong.
- Published on 24 September 2012
The Ukraine Government has banned all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship following changes to its tobacco control law on 16 September 2012.
Before that date, Ukraine had legislation banning tobacco advertising on radio, television, print and outdoor billboards. Since the changes, additional forms of advertising, marketing, sponsorship and promotion on the Internet and point-of-sale displays in stores and kiosks are included in the legislation.
- Published on 25 June 2012
South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal cited the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in its verdict last week that upheld a ban on tobacco advertising.
'In relation to advertising, the Framework Convention imposes clear obligations on State parties .... I do not think it was open to the Minister and the legislature to ignore the Framework Convention when considering what steps to take to deal with the risks posed by tobacco use', said the judgement.
- Published on 29 November 2011
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A world leader in tobacco control, Uruguay is now seeing an upsurge of illegal advertising at points of sale (POS).
Under Uruguay’s tobacco control law, a POS is the only place where tobacco can be legally advertised. But the law says that advertising must be inside the POS and must be contiguous to a health warning image of the same size and visibility.
A recent forum organised by the NGO Research Centre on the Tobacco Epidemic (CIET) noted that violations of the advertising law are growing. For example, local tobacco company Montepaz had launched an aggressive campaign for its two major brands that includes – using brand elements such as colours and logos - ads outside the point of sale and in various articles of merchandise. These violate the tobacco control law.
- Published on 04 October 2011
The Canadian Government has approved new regulations that will increase the size of health warnings on packages of cigarettes and little cigars from 50 to 75 per cent of the back and front surfaces.
All packages will also include full-colour, picture-based messages inside the package, making Canada the only country to require messages on the interior and exterior.
- Published on 30 September 2011
The Australian Government is taking another huge step in cutting the country’s smoking rates by releasing its proposed new graphic health warnings for tobacco products.
The new warnings are scheduled to come into effect on 1 July 2012, when the county’s plain packaging requirements are set to come into effect.
On 17 September 2011, the Australian Government released a consultation paper on the proposed new health warnings.
- Published on 20 April 2011
Australia could soon have the toughest tobacco promotion laws in the world if its plain packaging legislation is passed.
In addition, health warnings on packs of tobacco sold in the country are set to become the world’s largest when the new legislation comes into effect, which is scheduled for January 2012.
On 2 April 2011, the Australian Government announced its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging.