The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control


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.

Fighting for smoke-free air

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.

Tobacco industry influences Spain's weak smoke-free law

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.

Adolescents' smoking rates rising

Tobacco use among adolescent girls and water pipe use amongst teenagers may be rising, according to data from the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS).

The results were recently published in Global Health Promotion, which reviewed GYTS data between 1999 and 2008.

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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