Please support ASH UK’s petition campaign aimed at Imperial Tobacco to end their unfair contract with the Lao PDR government. Imperial Tobacco signed a 25-year contract (starting in 2001) with the Lao government to cap tax increases, meaning very cheap cigarettes in Laos for 25 years, until 2025. This enable Imperial to build its business by paying low excise tax rate of 15% of production cost instead of complying with the law by paying the excise tax rate of 60% of wholesale price. While this ensured Imperial’s profits grew, the Lao government lost about US$80m in taxes over the past 12 years. Almost 5,000 Lao people die from tobacco related diseases every year.

The petition calls on Imperial Tobacco to end this unfair contract that degrades public health and prevents the Lao PDR from fulfilling their obligations under the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Imperial Tobacco has its annual shareholders meeting in the UK on 28 Jan where it will celebrate its enormous profits - Imperial made about US$1.8 billion in total profits last year

Links to signing the petition and more information about Imperial Tobacco’s deal with the Lao PDR can be found at: http://chn.ge/1y4KMO4 

bookIn 2014 the World Federation of Public Health Associations’ General Assembly passed a resolution on the need to address the importance of oral health care for individuals with dementia. Prof. R. Bedi, Chair of the WFPHA Oral Health Working Group, analyses this subject in the last issue of the Journal of Public Health Policies. To read the article, click here.

wfphalogoshortIn 2011, the WFPHA had executed a survey to determine the top priorities in public health and what its members expected from the Federation. Three years after, the WFPHA, in association with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), released on November 19 the results of a survey of the Federation’s 82 member public health associations. The survey’s main purpose was to assess the state of organizational governance of national public health associations, including the factors that facilitate and constrain their governance effectiveness and the means the PHAs see to improve organizational governance and, ultimately, their effectiveness as national PHAs to have an influence on health and health equity. The survey also assessed the connectedness of PHAs to the WFPHA and identified areas of public health focus for the WFPHA and PHAs. The survey’s full results will be published in due course.

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WFPHA’s continuing status as an accredited observer at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was approved by the WHO FCTC Secretariat. This is a very important recognition, as it establishes our Federation as one of only 24 international NGOs accorded such status. The COP is the governing body of the WHO FCTC that reviews on a regular basis the implementation of the Convention and takes the decisions necessary to promote its effective implementation.

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