People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCTC: Action Now! Campaign
- October 9, 2013
FCA representatives have attended four regional meetings of the WHO to date this year, where they spoke on FCTC implementation and other tobacco control issues.
Via informal briefings with delegates, we also ensured that tobacco control was included in discussions on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the post-2015 development agenda.
In their statements at the meetings, FCAers focused on the need to accelerate implementation of the FCTC, ensure that tobacco control plays a central role in the international community's campaign against NCDs, and stressed the importance of getting tobacco control included in the post-2015 development goals.
Some highlights of the meetings include:
• A number of countries supporting the inclusion of FCTC indicators (AMRO);
• Discussions focusing on tobacco taxation as an innovative means to fund health issues (AFRO);
• A recommendation to members states to develop national multi-sectoral NCDs action plans, and set national indicators and targets in accordance with global and regional action plans and voluntary targets and indicators, as per FCA's recommendation (SEARO);
• Civil society organisations being invited to speak for the first time (EURO). FCA's intervention, on behalf also of the European Respiratory Society, focused on tobacco and development.
Read FCA's statements for the meetings: