People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
People living in poor countries were exposed to 81 times more tobacco advertisements than those in high-income countries, found a research report released on 1 December.
Southeast Asian countries are moving at a snail’s pace in implementing effective tobacco tax policies, says the world’s first tobacco tax index, launched by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).
Despite global recognition that high tobacco taxes can reduce consumption and the tobacco-related disease burden, while also raising government revenues, most countries do not have a long-term tobacco tax policy, concudes the index.
With more than 80 percent of smokers living in the global South, people working in tobacco control recognize the links between tobacco, poverty, and development. “It is surprising and disappointing to see how many people working in development do not see these links,” says Sonja von Eichborn, director of Unfairtobacco.org.
The US Chamber of Commerce is working systematically around the world to help the tobacco industry fight life-saving measures to reduce tobacco use, according to a new report.
The Netherlands is showing progress in complying with the obligations in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) since it ratified the treaty in 2005. However, there is still work to do, according to the latest Dutch shadow report.
Framework Convention Alliance Director Laurent Huber said the report’s findings demonstrate that there is hope for the near future.
In October 2014, most of the world’s countries gathered for a meeting about the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). At this meeting, generally known as COP6 (for Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties) delegates adopted guidelines for the implementation of the FCTC article that deals with tobacco taxes, Article 6.