ITIC cuts ties with Big Tobacco

19 May 2017: Source: Financial Times 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 […]

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

11 May 2017: Source: Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs 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) […]

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: Source: World Health Organization 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, […]

Civil Service Commission Clarification

5 January 2017: Source: Business Mirror 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 […]

E-cig lobby undermines international decision to protect public health

5 December 2016: Source: TobaccoWatch 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 […]

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: Source: The Guardian By: Margaret Chan 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 […]