People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
By Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki,
FCA Board member
A committee of experts has released its recommendations on how African governments should reduce the current and future health impacts of tobacco use.
In a report sponsored by the Network of African Science Academics (NASAC) the experts conclude government should:
The United Kingdom has the most comprehensive tobacco control measures in Europe, the latest Tobacco Control scale has found.
The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) produced the annual scale, which describes the results of a tobacco control activity survey in 34 European countries in 2013.
FCA and five partner organisations are calling on Philip Morris International (PMI) to end an aggressive global marketing campaign that encourages youth to smoke Marlboro cigarettes.
A report released on 1 Feb 2014 on tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia comes to a sobering conclusion: “Countries still have a long way to go in implementing FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines.”
The guidelines are 8 recommendations (and 34 sub-recommendations) on how Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should implement Art. 5.3, to prevent industry interference in policy making.
The handbook, Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control, is now available online.
Published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the guide “presents an evidence based evaluation of the literature published to May 2010 on the effectiveness of tax and price policies in reducing the prevalence and consumption of tobacco use”.
A lack of political will to implement tobacco control and little awareness of existing laws among the general public are common findings of 2012 shadow reports of African governments’ performances in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Supported by FCA, civil society organisations analysed the implementation of the FCTC, the world’s only modern-day public health treaty. Other challenges they identified include:
- Limited financial resources