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FCA and partners celebrate recognition of key role of tobacco taxation

FCA and other global public health groups welcome the recommendation from world leaders that governments increase tobacco taxes as a key strategy to reduce tobacco consumption and the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Kenyan civil society battles on

A campaign in favour of the regulationsEven as they await a crucial court ruling scheduled for 10 July, activists in Kenya continue to fight for tobacco control measures to be put in place.

The High Court is set to rule this week on whether the Kenyan Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) can become a party to the tobacco industry’s petition against proposed new regulations.

Op-ed published on tobacco tax and sustainable development

An opinion article developed by FCA on tobacco taxation was published by IPS News on 26 May. 

Signed by Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the article argues for tobacco taxation to be highlighted as an effective domestic tool for financing sustainable development.

Advocates target PMI’s 2015 shareholder meeting

Protesting PMI marketing to minors.Tobacco control advocates from Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids led protests at the 2015 shareholder meeting of Philip Morris International, the world’s largest international tobacco corporation.

FCA coordinator at Americas Summit

FCA Regional Coordinator Eduardo Bianco, far left. Taken from news video.FCA Regional Coordinator for the Americas, Eduardo Bianco, was one of the civil society leaders invited to a roundtable with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, US President Barack Obama and Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis in Panama City on 10 April 2015.

The roundtable preceded the Summit of the Americas.

Fact Sheet: Costing action, and inaction, on tobacco control

An effective strategy to get the attention of all units of a government is to calculate the cost to the economy associated with the tobacco epidemic and compare this figure with the cost of implementing policies and programmes to address it.

FCTC 10th anniversary slideshow

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) turned 10 on 27 Feb 2015. See what it looked liked in countries before and after tobacco control measures were implemented. 

Click on a thumbnail below to launch the slideshow.

Visit our 10th anniversary web page to see more materials developed for the day.



The FCTC is 10: should we celebrate?

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan

February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.

Today the FCTC has 180 Parties, making it among the most widely-adopted international instruments. About 90 percent of the world’s population falls under the FCTC’s protections. The creators of the Convention were bold in their intentions – “to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption.”

Norway next for plain packs?

Norway's health minister announced on 9 February that the government will start public consultations on plain packaging of tobacco products at the end of the month.

FCA joins Action/2015 push for global health measures

FCA is joining hundreds of global organisations in launching the Action/2015 campaign to call for health measures (including tobacco control) to be included in the new global goals for human development.

In joining the Action/2015 campaign FCA released a video (below) stressing that health must become a global priority.

Farewell Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley

Two prominent tobacco control advocates Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley have passed away, and the FCA pays tribute to them.

Top 2014 photos

View our top photos for 2014 as voted by our FCA tobacco control community.

Top 2014 photos

  • Winning photo: FCA in Action

    Winning photo: FCA in Action

  • 2nd place: WNTD2014 Nepal

    2nd place: WNTD2014 Nepal

    A World No Tobacco Day rally in Nepal.

  • 3rd place: COP6

    3rd place: COP6

  • 4th place: Lima march

    4th place: Lima march

    Marching in Peru for a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

  • 5th place: FCA at COP6

    5th place: FCA at COP6

  • 6th place: COP6 report

    6th place: COP6 report

  • 7th place: mobile court

    7th place: mobile court

    A mobile court fines a shop for advertising tobacco products in Bangladesh.

  • 8th place: COP6 lookout

    8th place: COP6 lookout

  • 9th place COP6 delegates

    9th place COP6 delegates

  • 10th place tie

    10th place tie

    World No Tobacco Day rally in Federated States of Micronesia.

  • 10th place tie

    10th place tie

    Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. (left) during World No Tobacco day in Palau.

UK Gov’t proposed levy on tobacco industry welcomed


Action on Smoking and Health welcomes the announcement that the UK Government will soon be launching a consultation on introducing a levy on the tobacco industry.