17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health Declarations announced at conference close

Dr Harry Lando, Chair of the WCTOH Organizing Committee, announced eleven declarations of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. Thanking delegates, organizers and speakers for their contribution to the success of the conference, he emphasized the significance of holding this year’s conference in Africa for the first time. Dr Fenton Howell from the […]

World’s biggest tobacco firm under fire over ‘disgraceful’ PR stunt

NHS staff told to reject offer by makers of Marlboro cigarettes to help them quit smoking The world’s biggest tobacco firm has been accused of staging “a disgraceful PR stunt” by offering to help NHS staff quit smoking to help mark the service’s 70th birthday. Read more: The Guardian

WTO Tobacco Ruling Opens Door to New Plain-Packaging Laws

Author: Baschul, B.   The World Trade Organization upheld Australia’s right to require cigarettes to be sold in plain packs without any logos in a landmark case that could usher in a new wave of global tobacco restrictions.   A panel of dispute-settlement experts backed the legality of Australia’s 2011 measure on Thursday. Australia requires […]

Cabo Verde had released a brochure on civil servants’ responsibilities under Article 5.3

Cabo Verde had released a brochure (Portuguese) to alert civil servants about their responsibilities under Article 5.3. The brochure refers to the eight principles of Article 5.3 and the effects of tobacco use on society. It highlights how the tobacco companies are listed in the same category as chemical weapons, biological and nuclear weapons. The […]

Poland considers the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World as being part of the tobacco industry

 The Ministry of Health considers the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for Smoke-Free World as being part of the tobacco industry. The MOH has sent a letter, dated 9 January 2018, to the Chancellor, Vice-Rectors and Deans of all medical schools informing them that Poland is a party to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and treats the PMI […]

The new Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: independent or not?

Source: WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Legal Challenges   January 30, 2018: In his 23 January BMJ blog, ‘Building a Foundation to accelerate an end to smoking’, Derek Yach again defends and promotes his new Philip Morris-funded Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. It is fair to say that Yach’s new Foundation has not been warmly […]

Good country practices in the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines

January 25, 2018: This report provides a selection of advanced practices in implementing Article 5.3. It draws from a variety of Parties’ experiences, including those recommended in the guidelines. While some Parties have taken a whole-of-government approach, which is the ideal, others have adopted measures to protect the ministry/department of health from interference by the […]

FCTC Knowledge Hub on Article 5.3 launched

2 November 2017: The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) was officially launched in Bangkok. This GGTC is a WHO FCTC Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3. The Center is a partnership program between the School of Global Studies Thammasat University and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). GGTC aims to assist […]

Relevant information to the Parties to the WHO, FCTC in support of the implementation of Article 5.3 of the treaty

Source: WHO FCTC   October 30 2017: The Convention Secretariat for the FCTC has issued a Note Verbale (NV) which calls upon Parties to remain vigilant to the tobacco industry’s efforts to undermine the implementation of Article 5.3. The NV highlights several issues including: The UN Global Compact’s decision to end its dealings with the […]