The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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Ending Tobacco Industry-ILO Cooperation Once and for All

Mafoya Dossoumon, Communications Manager at Framework Convention Alliance

The International Labour Organization (ILO) partnership with the tobacco industry-funded Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is a relic of a bygone era, when the tobacco industry was seen as a normal business.

The partnership stands in contrast with Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), a global treaty with 181 Parties. The United Nations Interagency Taskforce (UNIATF) on Non-Communicable diseases, of which ILO is a member, recommends that United Nations (UN) agencies limit interactions and avoid any real or perceived partnership with the tobacco industry. The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) adopted Resolution E/RES/2017/8, which calls on members of the Taskforce to develop and implement policies on preventing tobacco industry interference, bearing in mind the Model Policy for agencies of the UN, drafted by UNIATF.

Last week in Geneva, the ILO, one of the last UN agencies to cooperate with the tobacco industry, reconsidered its unnatural relationship with the industry. Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) strongly recommends an end to the Public-Private Partnership (PPPs) with ECLT and JTI.

Smokefree England: lessons learned over 10 years

Graphic showing public support for smokefree


By Deborah Arnott*

Like a lot of students I worked in a bar to help pay my rent. Not a bad job, it fitted in with my studies and was flexible. But what I didn’t like was getting home gone midnight, exhausted, with my hair and clothes stinking of tobacco smoke. I’d wake up the next morning and my sheets would smell of it too.

So years later, when I was recruited by ASH with the primary aim of getting legislation to prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, I wanted to make sure pubs, bars and clubs were included.

Welcome from the FCA Board, 2017

Maxime CompaoreBy Maxime Compaoré, Chair of the FCA Board

Dear FCAers, dear colleagues,

First of all, I would like to invite you to join me in welcoming Mischa Terzyk. Mischa recently moved to Canada from Brussels, where he worked for a number of years, including with the European industrial workers trade union federation.

Is bigger better? There’s no doubt for tobacco warning labels

Health warnings labels in Urugay: 50% (old) and 80% (current)
An expert commentary on the global treaty, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

By Jim Thrasher*

Increasingly, countries that have already implemented pictorial health warning labels (HWLs) that cover up to 50 percent of tobacco packages are promoting, adopting, and implementing more prominent HWLs1.

Uruguay’s victory also a win for the FCTC

A display on the harms of cigarette smoking at COP4 in Uruguay, 2010.By FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson*

The 8 July trade tribunal decision upholding Uruguay’s cigarette labelling requirements was widely celebrated by tobacco control advocates. Philip Morris, the claimant, lost across the board in its efforts to stop Uruguay implementing 80-percent health warnings and to keep selling multiple version of its flagship Marlboro brand.