The Working Group
Over the past year, the Federation undertook several tobacco control-related activities. The Tobacco Control Working Group submitted to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) a proposal entitled “Strengthening Tobacco Control Policy And Advocacy Strategies For Public Health Associations” in collaboration with the Framework Convention Alliance and the Public Health Association of Australia. This initiative was to be carried out in association with PHAs in Nepal, Nicaragua and Vietnam. Unfortunately it was not funded.
The Federation also renewed its accreditation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a bone fide NGO. This permits the WFPHA to attend WHO FCTC-related meetings and consultations. Dr. Andrey Demin, President of the Russian Public Health Association, represented the WFPHA in October at the 6th WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties meeting.
As part of the FCTC accreditation process, the WFPHA reported to the WHO that approximately 40 member PHAs are working on various tobacco control such as: the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, increased tobacco taxation, introduction of packaging and labelling of tobacco products and smoke-free legislation, non-communicable disease prevention, World No Tobacco Day activities, work on tobacco dependence and cessation, and integration of tobacco control in annual conferences and local journals of public health. The WHO recognized the work of the WFPHA in its review presented at the WHO FCTC Conference of the Parties meeting in Russia, particularly its work related to Article 14 (Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation) and for public health associations for including tobacco control among the topics of annual or biannual meetings organized for their members.
The WFPHA expressed its strong support for the evidence-based position taken by the WHO in its report about Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS), more commonly known as electronic cigarettes – or e-cigarettes. The WFPHA called for further independent research with particular attention to the potential risks of e-cigarettes to users and non-users and the risks associated with the promotion of e-cigarettes as a means of engaging children, young people and non-smokers to use them.
The co-chairs of the WFPHA Tobacco Control Working Group are Prof Mike Daube (Australia) and James Chauvin (Canada). For more information, please contact James Chauvin.
There is currently no project under TCWG.