INC-4 Day 0: UN Plastic Pollution Treaty Negotiations
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by Arendtm
12h ago
ASH joins the Stop Tobacco Pollution Alliance in attending the third Intergovernmental Negotiating Conference (INC-4) of the United Nations Treaty to End Plastic Pollution in Ottawa, Canada from April 22- 29, 2024. ASH’s Chief Operating Officer Liz Furgurson and Policy Director Chris Bostic will share updates and progress here for our community to stay engaged and informed. April 22, 2024 – The fourth round of negotiations for the UN Treaty to End Plastic Pollution formally begins tomorrow, April 23rd, here in Ottawa. There has already been enough preliminary activity and speeches to warrant ..read more
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Planet vs Plastics | Earth Day 2024
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by Arendtm
12h ago
Earth Day, first held in 1970, is an opportunity to raise awareness of our fundamental relationship with the environment around us and the vital need to protect and sustain it. The theme for Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs Plastics,” which is particularly relevant for one of ASH’s most important current campaigns. The world is drowning in plastic. Microplastics are turning up in animals, salt, and our own bodies. Doing something about plastic is a matter vital to human health – our current trajectory is unsustainable. But it’s unlikely we can get rid of plastic completely. There are some uses for ..read more
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Health Groups File Second Lawsuit Against the US FDA
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by Arendtm
3w ago
HEALTH GROUPS FILE SECOND LAWSUIT AGAINST THE US FDAWhile the Biden Administration Delays the Rule on Menthol, Death Toll Rises Daily Read the complaint here WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 2, 2024 – The African American Tobacco Control Leadership Council (AATCLC), Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), and the National Medical Association (NMA), represented by Christopher Leung of Leung Law PLLC, have filed a second lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the agency’s inaction on issuing a final rule banning menthol cigarettes. This lawsuit comes more than seven months after the ..read more
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Taking Action for International Day of Zero Waste
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by Arendtm
3w ago
March 30th is the International Day of Zero Waste, to draw attention to the lack of sustainability in the way the world currently works. While we may differ on solutions, there is no longer doubt that we can’t keep going like this indefinitely. We are poisoning our planet and thereby poisoning ourselves. If we don’t do something about it, nature surely will, and that won’t go well for humans. The aspiration in combatting environmental harm is, of course, to get to a place of sustainability as quickly as possible and with the least disruption and the least cost. That will be hard overall, and l ..read more
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Renewed Momentum on Tobacco Endgame
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by Arendtm
3w ago
Stoneham and Wakeham become the second and third towns in Massachusetts to pass Nicotine-Free Generation In February 2024, the quest to end the tobacco epidemic suffered a blow when the new government in New Zealand rescinded their world-beating endgame law. But before the doors closed, the endgame horse had already escaped the barn. New Zealand caught the imagination of the world, and it is paying off. On March 26, 2024, Stoneham became the second town in Massachusetts to pass a Nicotine-Free Generation (NFG) law. No one born after 2003 can ever be legally sold tobacco in Stoneham. This is th ..read more
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FCTC COP10: Article 19 (Liability) Decision
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by Arendtm
3w ago
The tenth Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted a series of key Decisions including FCTC/COP10(13) Implementation of Article 19 of the WHO FCTC: Liability. Read the COP10 Decision on Article 19 (Liability) ASH is a proud supporter of this Decision adopted by the COP, the governing body of the Framework Tobacco Control, composed of 184 Parties (183 countries and the European Union). The Decision recalls numerous other FCTC COP Decisions around Liability and acknowledges that issues relating to liability, as determined by ..read more
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News Alert: EU Due Diligence Law Approved by European Governments
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by Arendtm
1M ago
Exciting news from Europe: the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive has been approved by a qualified majority of EU governments! This is a significant step towards protecting human rights and the environment from harm from big corporations, like the tobacco industry. ASH has been monitoring and engaging in this process for several years. In February 2021, ASH and a group of our tobacco control colleagues, including Smoke Free Partnership and Unfairtobacco, led by the Belgian Alliance for a Smoke Free Society, submitted input for the public consultation by the European Commission ..read more
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FAQs on the World Health Organization (WHO) Tobacco Treaty
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by Arendtm
1M ago
What is the WHO Tobacco Treaty (i.e. the FCTC)? The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a treaty that was formally negotiated by all Member States of the United Nations under the auspices of the World Health Organization, a subsidiary body of the United Nations, through consensus and adopted as an agreement between countries. The FCTC was negotiated from 2000 to 2003. After negotiations were finalized, it was unanimously adopted by the World Health Assembly (the decision-making body of the WHO) in May 2003. The FCTC came into force (i.e., became le ..read more
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Protecting Women’s Rights | International Women’s Day
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by Arendtm
1M ago
Reproductive rights. Protection from gender-based violence. Maternity leave. Workplace discrimination.  These are the topics that usually come to mind when one thinks about women’s rights. But one important protection is often left off of the list – tobacco control. Tobacco negatively impacts women in myriad ways. A few examples include: Women’s Health In the last 50 years, a woman’s risk of dying from smoking has more than tripled and is now equal to men’s risk. Smoking puts women at risk for: heart attacks; strokes; lung cancer; emphysema; reproductive issues; and other serious chronic ..read more
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Tobacco-Free Generation Law
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by Arendtm
1M ago
Media Contact: Megan Manning ManningM@ash.org (202) 390 – 9513 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Upholds Tobacco-Free Generation LawBrookline has banned the sale of tobacco to anyone born this century WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 8, 2024 – In a decision that is likely to spur similar laws in other towns, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a law in the town of Brookline that bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone born on or after January 1, 2000. The gradual phase-out of tobacco sales based on birthdate is often called Tobacco-Free Generation (TFG). The law forbids only com ..read more
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