People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
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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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 in July 2004, followed by the Japan Tobacco International Cooperation Agreement (JTI Agreement) (December 2007), and the British American Tobacco Cooperation Agreement (BAT Agreement) and the Imperial Tobacco Cooperation Agreement (ITL Agreement), signed in July and September 2010, respectively.
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The FCTC Convention Secretariat has released the 2009 Summary Report on Global Progress in Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The summary report
The Summary Report is based on 117 party reports submitted to the Convention Secretariat by 5 July 2009. These reports are the first reports parties are to submit, two years after the FCTC enters into force for that party.
Summary report notes
The Summary Report notes that 87 parties are to submit their second (five-year) reports in 2010.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says governments are not doing enough to protect citizens from secondhand smoke, and calls on them to urgently implement the tobacco treaty.
The call follows WHO’S recently released Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009, which finds that, even as the global toll of tobacco grows, most governments are falling short in implementing the policies required by the international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Multinational tobacco companies pose the biggest barrier to smoke-free laws since they lose billions of dollars worth in sales, according to a recently released Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP) report.
The report, Rebutting the Tobacco Industry, Winning Smokefree Air, details the tobacco industry’s tactics to hold back legislation, alongside the positive impacts of governments, organizations and individuals who are challenging the industry, and winning.
The tobacco industry has undermined smoke-free legislation in Spain and is trying to promote it in other countries, according to a new study published in Tobacco Control.
The study, Legislating Tolerance: Spain’s National Public Smoking Law, outlines the tobacco industry’s efforts from the 1980s to early 2000 to influence smoke-free policies in Spain. Spain’s 2006 law allows separate seating sections and ventilation options in public places such as bars and restaurants, hotels, and airports. Spain does not meet the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Article 8 guidelines, which mandate 100% smoke-free legislation.