People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance distributed a revised version of its briefing paper on tobacco and NCDs - with in-depth inserts on 5 topics (see below) - at the UN Informal Interactive Civil Society Hearing in New York on 16 June. The original paper was released in Moscow on Wednesday 27 April, at the WHO Global Forum.
The paper calls for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to produce a healthier, more able and productive global population, and to increase the benefits of investment already being made towards achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The recent batch of reports on implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the national level highlighted both successes and shortcomings. Reactions to some reports were quick in coming.
In Ghana, requests for the national report were so numerous that emergency funds were released for a second printing in order to meet demand, especially from members of Parliament.
In “A smokefree future”, the tobacco control strategy published in February 2010, the UK Government committed itself to “publishing the details of all policy-related meetings between the tobacco industry and any government official”. Just one week later David Cameron MP declared “I believe that secret corporate lobbying, like the expenses scandal, goes to the heart of why people are so fed up with politics. It arouses people’s worst fears and suspicions about how our political system works.”
It may, at last, be possible to consign to history the tobacco industry’s malign influence on health policy and this report illustrates just how vital that is. It only requires that commitments from all sides be honoured.
Download The smoke-filled room: How big tobacco influences health policy in the UK, published by ASH, here.
Cigarette package health warnings are generally getting bigger, and being required by more countries throughout the world says a new report.
The report, released by the Canadian Cancer Society during the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), reviews and ranks cigarette health warnings of 175 countries and territories.
This report covers three substantive Articles of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and reflects five years of progress – or lack of progress for some countries – for the first countries to become Parties.
Because these Parties have also reached their deadline to enact a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, special attention has been given to that topic.
The FCA looked at the first 49 countries to ratify the FCTC whose phase two reports were due to the Convention Secretariat by 31 March 2010.
COP-4: Legal analysis of agreements between the EU, Member States and multinational tobacco companies
By Madeleine Heyward LL.M. (New York)
There are four major publicly available legally binding agreements in effect between the European Union (EU), its Member States (MS), and multinational tobacco companies. The first such agreement was the Philip Morris International Anti-Contraband and Anti-Counterfeit Agreement and General Release (PMI Agreement), signed while litigation between the parties was pending in July 2004 as a ‘resolution of all past disputes relating to contraband cigarettes’ and a ‘forward-looking’ arrangement for ‘strong coordinated action’ in combating illicit trade in cigarettes.
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