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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.

Smoking declines in Ukraine


An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free lawDaily smoking prevalence has decreased for both men and women in Ukraine, according to a survey carried out in October.

Prevalence for men declined almost 3 percent (from 45% to 42%), and for women 2 percentage points (from 11 to 9%), found the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, working with “Advocacy Center LIFE”, an FCA member.

The results also show that the average maximum retail price, written on the packs of cigarettes increased from 8.95 Ukrainian Hryvnia in February 2013 to 12.21 UAH in October 2014.

ASEAN tobacco control atlas released


ASEAN Tobacco Control AtlasSmokers in the South-East Asian region (ASEAN) start smoking on average before they are 20, the latest Tobacco Control Atlas has found.

Parties must make COP6 decisions immediate priorities

Decisions made at COP6 in Moscow will save hundreds of millions of lives if governments work to implement them immediately, said the Framework Convention Alliance.

Health warnings growing globally

CCS report 250pxLarge picture health warnings on tobacco packs are becoming a global trend, a new Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) report has found.

The report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status, found there had been tremendous progress internationally in implementing package warnings.

COP6 must adopt tobacco tax guidelines

Governments can take an important step toward preventing hundreds of millions of premature deaths by adopting, without change, draft guidelines on tobacco taxes, says the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

Groups calls on United Way to stop taking tobacco industry funds

The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) is calling on the non-profit United Way of Jamaica to stop accepting funding from Carreras, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco.

Complete ban on all POS advertising needed in Ukraine

Blatant cigarette promotion at a Ukraine POSThe Smoke Free Ukraine Project is calling on the country’s government to completely ban all cigarette pack displays from points of sales (POS).

The move follows a recent monitoring project carried out by the Regional Advocacy Center (Life) and Smoke Free Ukraine Coalition (SFUC).

Ireland moves towards plain packaging

Example of imagery on an Australian plain pack. (c) Gov't of Australia.Ireland has taken another step towards plain packaging, after its Cabinet approved a Bill to make all cigarette packaging standardised with health warnings.

The Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2013 will eliminate all branding on packs, such as logos, trademarks, colours and graphics.

Tobacco treaty’s Parties paying up

Payment of assessments owed by Parties of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is improving slowly, according to the latest figures released by the Framework Convention Secretariat.

The number of Parties that have never paid their assessment (known as a voluntary assessed contribution, or VAC) since the system started in 2006-7 has fallen to 22 from 27 in February this year.

Tobacco industry relentlessly undermining advertising bans

World No Tobacco Day press release: Countering challenges to protect public health requires global effort

GENEVA, 31 May – You may think that tobacco advertising has been effectively banned, because you no longer see it on TV, radio and in newspapers. Think again. Consider billboards, Facebook, check-out counters, cigarette packages and the more than 15 billion tobacco images delivered yearly to audiences of Hollywood and Bollywood films.

Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people each year. Unless urgent action is taken, the annual death toll could rise to more than eight million worldwide by 2030. Studies have shown that tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is the driver of this global epidemic.