What Lessons Can We Learn From The EU Tobacco Tracking and Tracing System?

August 1, 2020 Framework Convention Alliance If one wanted a metaphor for the challenges of developing an FCTC-compliant system to track and trace tobacco products, then perhaps the European Union’s (EU) system which came into force on 20 May 2019 can provide one. The EU’s system is in line with the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) which provides […]

Supporting National Action for WHO FCTC Implementation in sub-Saharan Africa

March 23, 2020 Authors: Norwegian Cancer SocietyFramework Convention Alliance A Collaborative Project with Framework Convention Alliance Many low- and middle-income countries are yet to include accelerated implementation of the global tobacco control treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in their overall national development agenda. Even when the FCTC has been […]

Tobacco Companies to force a referendum on California state flavored tobacco product ban

September 7, 2020 Authors: Stanton A GlantzCentre for Tobacco Control Research Education The same day the Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB792 into law, a group of people with ties to the tobacco companies filed the paperwork to start collecting signatures to force a referendum on the law.  It is a forgone conclusion that they will […]

Why Big Tobacco sponsors Formula 1

May 2, 2020 ASH UK The tobacco industry first used Formula 1 racing as an advertising platform in the late 1960s, keen to associate its tobacco brands with the glamour of the sport and its drivers. It’s only a surprise it took so long, given the promotional opportunities provided by the venues, the vehicles and […]

Why plain packaging for cigarettes does not increase illicit trade

October 23, 2020 Authors: Anthony LavertyImperial College London Australia was the first country in the world to introduce standardised, or plain, packaging for cigarettes and tobacco. The move was the product of a long-running campaign from the public health community and meant that the packets are allowed no branding; just the product name in standard […]

Tobacco Industry Interference at a Time of a Global Pandemic

The science is clear: smoking and vaping cause more severe symptoms of COVID-19.[1] Tobacco use is known to be a major risk factor for non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes. Individuals with these underlying conditions are at higher risk of developing severe disease and death when infected with COVID-19.[2] The use […]

In Loving Memory

It is with sadness that we share the news of Mr. John Mayeya’s passing due to COVID-19 on 8 August 2020. Mr. John Mayeya has been a staunch advocate and supporter of the anti-tobacco movement in Zambia and the country has lost a public health hero in his demise. As a public officer, he has […]

Post ILO: Whole-of-government must implement Article 5.3

In October 2018, the International Labour Organization (ILO) decided at its recent governing body (GB) meeting in Geneva that they will no longer rely on funding from tobacco industry and ancillary groups that receive tobacco industry funds. Civil society welcomed this development as a step in the right direction. There is still some work to […]

COP8: Regulate heated tobacco products

By Mary Assunta The transnational tobacco companies (TTC) are running a global marketing campaign pushing their heated tobacco products as safer alternatives to smoking and reframing their image to belong to the harm reduction family. Philip Morris International (PMI) launched its heated tobacco product, IQOS and claims to be going “smoke-free”, confusing and confounding the […]