The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua*

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.

Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.

The government had:

Plain packs in 2016 for the UK!

standardised pack official uploadThe UK will become the first country in Europe and second country in the world to implement plain, standardised packaging of tobacco products.

The move follows Australia’s lead: that country implemented plain packaging in December 2012.

ASEAN tobacco control atlas released

 

ASEAN Tobacco Control AtlasSmokers in the South-East Asian region (ASEAN) start smoking on average before they are 20, the latest Tobacco Control Atlas has found.

UPDATE 2: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Dortmund Kills victory 280214Below is our latest 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.

UPDATED: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.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.

World No Tobacco Day 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.

FCA congratulates Thailand for world's largest graphic health warnings


Thai warnings GovtThailandThe 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.

Ukraine bans all tobacco advertising


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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.