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Controlling corporate influence in health policy making? An assessment of the implementation of article 5.3 of the World Health Organization framework convention on tobacco control

15 March 2017: SEATCA’s Tobacco Industry Interference Index underlines the importance of the WHO FCTC Parties taking an active and whole-of-government approach to the effective implementation of Article 5.3. Latest research article by Fooks et al show how highly selective and incomplete implementation of specific guideline recommendations facilitates extensive ongoing opportunities for industry policy influence. […]

Convention Secretariat to join ILO in an initiative to combat child labour in tobacco farms

8 March 2017: The executive body of the International Labour Organization (ILO) will meet on 15 March and discuss its relationship with the tobacco industry. This item has been included on the agenda with a view to seeking the guidance of the executive body on any measures the International Labour Office, the ILO’s permanent secretariat, […]

E-cig lobby undermines international decision to protect public health

5 December 2016: Four countries in the ASEAN region, namely Brunei, Cambodia Singapore and Thailand, have banned e-cigarettes, officially known as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The recent seventh session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP7) decided to invite Parties to prohibit or restrict the manufacture, importation, distribution, presentation, sale and use of […]

COP7 decisions to counter tobacco industry interference

21 November 2016: Tobacco industry interference was a hot issue from the start of the COP7 deliberations from 7 November through to its conclusion on 12 November. In the official report to the COP, tobacco industry interference was mentioned as the main barrier to the effective implementation of the WHO FCTC at national level by […]

Every tobacco death is an avoidable tragedy. The epidemic must stop here: Margaret Chan

6 November 2016: As India prepares to host a key global anti-tobacco conference, the world must seize the chance to end a scourge that claims 6m lives a year Tobacco use, the leading cause of death from non-communicable diseases such as heart and lung disorders and cancer, claims about 6m lives a year. On Monday, […]

Transparency, Yes. Interference, No.

There was a time when public health discussions on tobacco were an extraordinarily open process. Government officials met a wide range of people and listened to their concerns and ideas as they formulated policy. Among the “contributors” were representatives of the tobacco industry, which offered assurances about its earnest intentions. The tobacco industry had access […]

Exclusive – Tobacco treaty leaders propose barring delegates linked to state firms

3 November 2016: By Duff Wilson and Aditya Kalra | NEW YORK/NEW DELHI The leadership of a World Health Organization (WHO) treaty on tobacco control has proposed barring delegates with ties to state-owned tobacco firms from its conference next week, tightening its application of rules to shut out the industry from policy making. That would […]

Exclusive: India’s tobacco industry, government face off ahead of WHO conference

27 October 2016: India’s $11 billion tobacco industry has urged the government to take a softer line on tobacco control efforts when it hosts a WHO conference in New Delhi next month, but officials say the government will not bow to “pressure tactics”. Delegates from about 180 countries will attend the Nov. 7-12 World Health […]