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Danish Institute of Human Rights tells PMI: “Stop production & marketing of tobacco

23 May 2017: The Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR), a quasi-state body, was asked by Philip Morris International (PMI) last year to conduct a human rights assessment on it. The DIHR has completed the task and has delivered a strong message to PMI to stop production and marketing of tobacco. The DIHR’s conclusion: “According […]

ITIC cuts ties with Big Tobacco

19 May 2017: The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) has reportedly cut its ties with the transnational tobacco companies. According to a Financial Times report on 19 May, ITIC had asked tobacco representatives to resign from its Board of Directors and will no longer accept sponsorship contributions from tobacco companies. Cutting ties with the […]

Philippines is the first Asian country to require its foreign missions to apply FCTC Article 5.3

Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs: Philippines is the first Asian country to require its foreign missions to apply FCTC Article 5.3. Offices, Foreign Service Posts and Regional Consular Offices are instructed to comply with the provisions and guidelines set forth in attached CSC-DOH Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2010-01 on the Protection of the Bureaucracy […]

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, […]

Civil Service Commission Clarification

5 January 2017: THIS refers to the article “Groups hit Civil Service official for pushing ban on e-cigarettes” by Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco published on print and online versions of the BusinessMirror on November 21, 2016. As a response to the said article and to enlighten the public on the issue, a joint statement has been prepared by […]

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 […]