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SFP QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER Edition 3, 2023


Wednesday, 10 January 2024

SFP POLICY ACTION & COMMUNICATION

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Environment and Sustainability

On 14 August 2023, SFP made its official submission to the United Nations Environment Programme Plastics Secretariat ahead of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution. Our submission is divided into two parts: (1) Input on the potential areas of intersessional work to inform the work of INC 3; (2) Elements not discussed at INC-2, such as principles and scope of the instrument.

Updates on EU and International Institutions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has formally recommended a ban on tobacco products plastics, including tobacco products filters and filters marketed for use with tobacco products, as problematic and avoidable plastics. This was formulated through a submission to the United Nations Environment Programme ahead of the third session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on a global Plastics Treaty.

Link to their submission: https://resolutions.unep.org/resolutions/uploads/who_partb_28082023_1.pdf

SFP events

SFP is organising its annual in person Coalition Meeting in Brussels, Belgium between 7-8 November 2023. The first day will be dedicated to a workshop on tobacco taxation, featuring the esteemed Dr. Rob Branston, Dr. Hana Ross, and Prof. Angel Lopez as guest speakers. The Annual Coalition Meeting will take place on the second day, featuring discussions on how to better coordinate tobacco control advocacy efforts.

If you would like to attend, please contact Murielle Chiltz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Caren Willig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details.

SFP Participation in External Events

SFP presented its activities virtually during an in person event in Portugal organized by our partner Centro de Apoio, Tratamento e Recuperaçãon, IPSS. The purpose of the event was tobacco control capacity building.

 

NEWS FROM PARTNERS

COP10: a petition to hold the tobacco industry accountable for its harmful activities

The NGO Corporate Accountability and the Make Big Tobacco Pay coalition invite those involved in tobacco control to sign a letter calling on FCTC delegates to hold the tobacco industry accountable for its harmful activities. The cost of smoking amounts to 1.85 trillion dollars annually. Moreover, the tobacco industry emits and consumes over 80 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.

The signatories of the petition therefore call on governments to:

  • Push for progress on industry accountability measures at COP 10;
  • Increase funding for the WHO FCTC Secretariat so that it can: provide technical assistance to countries requesting it and structure and implement better frameworks for international cooperation, such as international liability regimes;
  • Implement Article 19 of the WHO FCTC and promote accountability by working with local civil society organisations, academics, legal experts, and instigating of prosecution of tobacco firms, and the imposition of strong and dissuasive penalties.

Please click here to access the petition.

 

GATC releases new Budget Advocacy Toolkit

To address the global funding shortfall for tobacco control, GATC has recently released a new Budget Advocacy Toolkit for CSOs and advocates. The toolkit is now available in English and Spanish and was developed as part of the Alliance’s recent budget advocacy projects.  The new Budget Advocacy Toolkit provides a comprehensive overview of the budget advocacy planning process and includes several worksheets (templates) to guide CSOs in developing a budget advocacy campaign. At this time, the toolkit and worksheets are available by request only. You can request the resources by emailing Jason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for English content) or by emailing Nicole at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (for Spanish content). To learn more about the new budget advocacy toolkit and resources available visit – https://bit.ly/BA-Toolkit

The Netherlands at the forefront of tobacco control

The Netherlands has reached a significant milestone by becoming the fourth country in the world, following Türkiye, Brazil and Mauritius, to adopt the 6 cost-effective and high-impact policy measures known as MPOWER that help countries reduce demand for tobacco. This achievement is featured in the newly published WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic. The progress achieved in the Netherlands is a testament to the Government’s political commitment to tobacco control, and is an excellent example of collaboration between government, international health organizations and civil society.

The Netherlands substantially increases tobacco taxes in 2024

On 19 September, the Dutch government announced a large tobacco tax increase that will be implemented on 1 April 2024. The tax (minimum excise tax + 21% VAT) per pack of 20 cigarettes will increase from €7,10 to €9,04, resulting in an estimated average price of €10,70. The tax (specific excise tax + 21% VAT) per 50 grams of roll-your-own-tobacco will increase from €13,10 to €20,50, resulting in an estimated average price of €24,14. This means that the price gap between cigarettes and RYO-tobacco will become smaller as a result of the tax increase.

Ukraine banned production of duty free cigarettes

On  August 30, 2023, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyi, signed Law No. 3326-IX  which prohibits the production of duty-free products and the sale of tobacco products and e-cigarette liquids in duty-free shops. The initiator of the law, MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak, said that the implementation of the approved norm will help reduce the level of illegal trade in tobacco products and provide additional excise revenues to the budget of UAH 5-7 billion per year. 

Scotland, Wales, Jersey, and Westminster all considering bans on disposable vapes 

The exponential rise in young people using disposable vapes, combined with the negative health and environmental impact of these products have raised concerns across the United Kingdom. ScotlandWalesJersey, and Westminster are currently all mulling over a ban of disposable vapes.

Massive investment by the tobacco industry in social networks to advertise and spread false information

A meta-analysis by the Truth Initiative showed that the tobacco industry is using social networks to advertise its emerging tobacco and nicotine products, and to spread misinformation on nicotine. Vaping products are being increasingly promoted on visual networks, and brands use influencers to advertise their product s but, these collaborations are rarely mentioned. Posts seldom include health warnings – some even feature cartoon images to appeal to the young. 

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