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African NGOs meet COMESA on Articles 9&10
A delegation of African tobacco control Non Government Organisations (NGOs) recently met staff of a sub-regional government body to discuss its opposition to partial guidelines relating to tobacco control product regulation - Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Articles 9&10.
Under the auspices of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), the delegation met trade and public relations staff from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), at their headquarters in Zambia. This followed meetings with tobacco control focal points from the Zambian Ministry of Health and the local WHO office.
During the COMESA discussions, the delegation learned that prior to COP-4, the International Tobacco Growers Association had lobbied COMESA, and that the organisation was open to more engagement with the tobacco control community.
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Take action: support Ukraine advertising ban
The Ukraine Parliament is set to ban all tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion.
Although tobacco advertising is banned in commercial print media (business to business is allowed), outdoor areas, radio and TV; it is still allowed in all types of indirect advertising such as: promotional activities (free cigarettes distribution, tests, contests and lotteries), sponsorship events (youth concerts, discos and parties), point-of-sale advertising, online and corporate social responsibility.
The second hearing of the draft law is expected in the next few months, along with a vote in Parliament. If passed, the law will mark the next progressive step towards adopting comprehensive tobacco control legislation in Ukraine.
By Deborah Arnott – Chief Executive Action on Smoking and Health, UK
No Smoking Day in England on 9 March saw the launch of Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A Tobacco Control Plan for England. It is a strong document, but will face many challenges – including opposition from the tobacco industry and very high targets for reducing prevalence – before it can be declared a success.
Brave new Tobacco Plan for England
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Annie Homasi from the Tuvalu Tobacco Control Coalition has grand plans to make Tuvalu the first country in the world to have a total ban on tobacco.
We've launched our latest campaign online - Tobacco Control for Global Health and Development
- and already we've made made some gains!
Working with the NCD Alliance
, we convinced the United Nations to agree to a civil society taskforce for the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Summit in September.
FCA members were heavily involved in the creation of a Latin American coalition of civil society organisations (see below) on NCDs, and have participated in all of the World Health Organization (WHO) NCD regional consultations open to civil society. As a result, the outcome statements from the WHO's Americas, South-East Asia and Western pacific region meetings have emphasised that tobacco control and the FCTC must be central to the Outcomes Statement of the NCD Summit.
The last regional consultation in Africa takes place 4-6 April in Brazzaville. This is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of development funding for tobacco control. We encourage all FCA members from AFRO to actively support this meeting. For more information, contact FCA Regional Coordinator Patrick Musavuli (email@example.com
The NCD FCTC Working Group continues work on a Briefing Paper that will be distributed prior to the meeting of world health ministers in Moscow on 28-29 April. Watch our campaigns page
ACT NOW : Write to your Head of State about attending the NCD Summit. Do it online by visiting the www.15000aday.org website - click on the box that says Act Now to Save Lives.
Nigerian Senate passes Tobacco Control Bill
The Nigerian Senate has passed a strong Tobacco Control Bill that should change the way tobacco is consumed in the country, and how tobacco business operates.The bill will shortly go for a “reconciliation conference” of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then for presidential assent.
FCA’s new Board of Directors
Welcome and congratulations to all those elected to the FCA Board of Directors.
Reports on FCTC implementation get results
In Ghana, requests for the shadow report on FCTC implementation were so numerous that emergency funds were released for a second printing in order to meet demand, especially from members of Parliament.
Latin American coalition takes on NCDs
A new coalition of Latin American civil society organisations has joined forces to develop a declaration that recognises the grave impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.