The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control


Malawi child tobacco pickers exposed to nicotine poisoning

Child tobacco pickers in Malawi are being regularly exposed to extremely high levels of nicotine poisoning, according to a new report by international children’s organisation Plan.

The report ‘Hard work, little pay and long hours’ reveals that child labourers, some as young as five, are suffering severe physical symptoms from absorbing up to 54 milligrams a day of dissolved nicotine through their skin - the equivalent of 50 average cigarettes.

FCA INB-3 Report

Report of the Framework Convention Alliance on the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body to draft and negotiate a protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

Geneva, Switzerland, 28 June - 5 July 2009

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Tobacco fuels addiction and terrorism

Cigarette smuggling is a lucrative, low-risk business that sometimes helps fund global terrorist organizations, according to a new report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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FCTC INB-3 decision

Decision of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products is available for download from the WHO website.

Images essential in tobacco health warnings

Pictorial tobacco warning labels are essential for communicating health risks to smokers, a report by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) has found.

The report, FCTC Article 11 Tobacco Warning Labels, found that graphic pictorial warnings were more effective than text only warnings because they: are more noticeable; increase thoughts about the harms of smoking; have more impact on smokers; and lead to more smokers quitting or intending to quit smoking. Read full story.

Bulletin Online issue 86

Headlines from the Bulletin (issue 86 March 2009)  are:

•    Pictorial warnings – a long wait in Southeast East Asia;
•    The smoking gun;
•    Global progress in smoke free legislation;
•    Guidelines on tobacco industry interference: because tobacco control doesn’t have to move this slowly;
•    Mauritius requires world’s largest warnings;
•    Illicit Trade Protocol; and
•    Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

As this Bulletin went to press the death clock reached 41,788,492 people dying from tobacco related diseases.

Download: Bulletin, issue 86 [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 185.66 KB]