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The WFPHA along with other non-governmental organizations from all over the world have signed a letter addressed to the President of the Swiss confederation.

In fact, Switzerland is hosting the FCTC (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control) but remains one of the very few countries in the world, which have not ratified it.

The signatory organisations rightly accuse Switzerland of protecting the economic interest of the tobacco industry rather than focusing on protecting public health.

They underlined that “Switzerland has everything to lose by continuing to complacently give this industry political and other privileges while sacrificing the health and human rights of its own people”.

To read the letter click here.

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We welcome Dr. Benjamin and thank warmly Prof. Ulrich Laaser for his commitment and activity as past Chair of the Advisory Board. He remains, of course, member of the Board.

As per art. 6 of the WFPHA By Laws: “The Advisory Board constitutes a knowledge resource for the Council and the Federation.

The Board works on request of the Council or takes its own initiatives, subject to approval by the GC. The work is coordinated by the Chair in agreement with the Council.”

prof gb Dr. Georges Benjamin

image001 Prof Ulrich Laaser

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The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was a landmark treaty in the history of public health. Though its regulations have reduced the burden of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco smoke, the battle for worldwide tobacco control has yet to be won. Some non-smokers are still heavily exposed to secondhand smoke, especially those working in hospitality industries where smoking is allowed indoors.

The Austrian government cancelled a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, putting workers and patrons at a higher risk of emphysema, cancer, and other NCDs. The decision may also reverse the nation’s improvements in reducing rates of smoking among youths. Austria’s action contrasts the goal of the FCTC and represents a step backward in public health.

Immediate Past President of the WFPHA, Michael Moore, wrote an open letter to Minister Sebastian Kurz of the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs in support of the FCTC and implementing stricter tobacco control policies in Austria.

“There is a long history of the tobacco industry intimidating, bribing, cajoling, and using a myriad of other techniques to prevent governments from interfering with their domination in the ‘free market of tobacco’. They continue to do so. Governments that have prioritized the health of their children and community have resisted this domination by following the strategies agreed to in the FCTC,” said Moore, urging Austria to take action to support full implementation of the FCTC . 

The letter has been quoted by a number of journals:

https://orf.at/stories/3036961/

https://diepresse.com/home/innenpolitik/5503624/Dont-smoke_Australischer-Experte-schreibt-offenen-Brief-an-Kurz

https://www.kleinezeitung.at/service/newsticker/5503632/Dont-smoke-Offener-Brief-an-Bundeskanzler-Kurz

https://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/oesterreich/politik/992313_Oesterreich-hat-weiterhin-ein-derart-grosses-Tabakproblem.html

http://www.heute.at/politik/news/story/Michael-Moore-Australier-schrieb-Brief-an-Kurz-44924367

https://derstandard.at/2000088198683/Fehlender-Nichtraucherschutz-Offener-Brief-an-Bundeskanzler-Kurz


image005 Letter to Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz