People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Eight reports were prepared in the FCTC national shadow reporting programme in 2011. The aim of this programme is to monitor the compliance of Parties with their obligations under the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Read on to download the reports.
According to the report on the Philippines, by NGO HealthJustice, “the prevalence of tobacco use remains high, with 28.3% adults and 27.3% youth currently using tobacco products. This can be attributed to weak laws, lack of strict implementation of policies, and strong tobacco industry interference”.
“In other words,” adds the report, “if the Philippines wants to win the war against tobacco, it needs to strengthen its efforts in implementing tobacco control measures”.
The Nigeria report notes that the National Tobacco Control Bill (NTCB) 2009 was passed by the country’s National Assembly on 31 May 2011 and is awaiting the president’s signature.
“With the largest population in Africa, Nigeria's successful implementation of the FCTC and its protocols portends a major catalyst for Africa and West African countries in particular, to also adopt legal frameworks that will domesticate the FCTC,” says the report.
The Nigeria shadow report was released at a press conference on 6 March, 2012 by the report’s authors Environmental Rights Action (ERA)/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (FoEN).
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