The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Reports

Cigarette health warnings grow

Cigarette warnings on the rise.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.

2010 Tobacco Watch report: Monitoring Countries' Performance on the Global Treaty

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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Legal analysis of EU agreements with multinational tobacco companies

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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FCTC Convention Secretariat summary report 2009

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.

Download the report from the WHO website.


Summary report notes

The Summary Report notes that 87 parties are to submit their second (five-year) reports in 2010.

Download the notes from the WHO website.


 

WHO urges nations to implement tobacco treaty

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.