The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Member profiles

Dr Fouad M Fouad – FCA board member

FCA's newest board member Dr Fouad (c) Fouad

During March this year the FCA elected Dr Fouad M Fouad to its board of directors.

Dr Fouad is the coordinator and a researcher at the Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies’ (SCTS - The SCTS promotes scientific excellence and evidence-based public health in Syria and the Arab world.

Read on to learn more about Dr Fouad - our newest board member.

Ulysses “Yul” Dorotheo - SITT project director

Dr Ul - winner of the Judy Wilkenfeld award for tobacco control excellenceThis month we begin a new format for our FCA profiles. To make them more personal, we’ll ask our interviewees to answer five important questions.

We begin this new format with Ulysses “Yul” Dorotheo, who the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids recently awarded the 2011 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence.

Dr Yul is a neuro-ophthalmologist and has been a tobacco control advocate for more than 10 years. He works as the project director for the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT). This is a five-year project of the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) that aims to raise tobacco taxes and prices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Member profile - TTCC chair Annie Homasi

Annie Homasi - Chair of Tuvalu Tobacco Control Coalition The Tuvalu Tobacco Control Coalition (TTCC) has a grand plan – to make Tuvalu the first country in the world to have a total ban on tobacco.

The TTCC’s chairperson, Annie Homasi, says it’s an ambitious plan but attainable.

Dr Ali Abdolahinia - Research Manager of the Iranian Anti-Tobacco Association

Dr Ali AbdolahiniaSince the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was ratified in Iran in 2005, the Iranian Anti-Tobacco Association (IATA), founded in 1983, has worked hard to decrease tobacco consumption in the country.

IATA’s hard work has led to the ratification and implementation of Iran’s national tobacco control law, which includes pictorial health warnings and tobacco tax increases. However, IATA’s Research Manager Dr Ali Abdolahinia says that in some cases, ratifying laws in Iran is easier than implementing them, especially when it comes to tobacco control.

Veronica Schoj - IAHF executive director and ALIAR national coordinator

Veronica SchojThe tobacco industry has a tight grip on Argentina, which remains the only South American country not to ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Tobacco-free advocate Veronica Schoj says Argentina suffers one of the most successful and intensive tobacco industry lobbying strategies in South America.

“The tobacco industry still holds great power and influence over the federal government, which continually undermines tobacco control efforts in Argentina, particularly at a federal level,” she said.