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In the tobacco epidemic, the ‘virus’ is the tobacco industry

The tobacco industry continues its efforts to undermine public health efforts of the government so that they can get more and more users of the products. This must be stopped. The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the WHO FCTC (World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) started with the message that 'the...

WHO Needs Reduction To Escape Unsuccessful “Quit or Die” Tobacco Strategy

Tobacco kills roughly eight million people around the world every year, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization (WHO) has long aimed for complete eradication of the substance, calling it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.” This month’s ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the WHO Framework Convention on...

At the other COP, countries eye an investment fund for tobacco control

At the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, or COP 9, countries have adopted a proposal to set up an investment fund that would help generate additional resources for tobacco control. The proposed investment fund aims to raise $50 million, mainly from governments, and...

Good COP, bad COP: A tale of two COPs

This COP season, it may be time to draw parallels between two very similar gatherings with diametrically opposite profiles and approaches. Climate change and tobacco-related harms. Both are urgent issues facing humankind. Both are being addressed by global treaties and conventions. For both the problems, a wide range of solutions are coming from old...

The WHO “Postponed” Tobacco Harm Reduction Talks Until 2023

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) provisional agenda for its COP9 which is currently ongoing in Geneva, had indicated that any discussions pertaining to tobacco harm reduction (THR) will be moved to COP10 taking place in 2023. The WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provisional agenda for COP9, was released on August 5th, and it had...

Africa: Is the World Health Organization Slowing Down the Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Harm?

On the 2nd of November 2021, the Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPASA) organized a Diginar (digital seminar) with an unequivocal title: WHO’s (World Health Organization) Dictatorial Tobacco Control Policies Ahead of COP-9. The ninth session of Conference of the Parties (COP 9) is being held from November 8th to 13, 2021. The Framework...

The global conference on tobacco control starts today

The Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) today opens its ninth session (COP 9). One significant point to be discussed by the Parties is a potential new funding strategy, seen as a possible means of strengthening and expanding the support that can be offered to Parties...

COP9: the Secret Tobacco Control Meeting You Can’t Attend

The ninth meeting of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be held next week, from Nov. 8-13. FCTC is an international treaty organization, created under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) FCTC’s 180 member countries (“Parties” to the treaty) meet every two years—although last year’s conference was postponed until now due to...

With no vapers at the COP9 table, is WHO slamming the door on tobacco harm reduction?

Johannesburg - When the Ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) kicks off later this month, there will be an important voice missing at the talks: members of the vapour products industry. While it’s bad enough that an industry that’ll be directly affected by...

Africa: Tobacco Control Vs Tobacco Harm Reduction – A Never-Ending War?

The latest Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction report was launched on October 27th, 2021. Titled: “ Fighting the last war: the WHO and International Tobacco Control , its release comes ahead of the forthcoming Conference of the Parties (COP 9). The “Fighting the Last War” report challenges the direction of evolution of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on...