The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Opinion pieces

Tobacco industry interference still prominent in Uganda

painting by Ugandan Artist Rolands (c) TTC MobileBy John Amanya
Coordinator of Programs and Capacity Building,
Uganda Alliance of Patients Organization

Although Uganda passed the Comprehensive Tobacco Control Bill 2014 on 19 September 2015 after a long, public battle with the tobacco industry, the only significant tobacco control measure it contains is the cigarette package health warning Smoking Causes Heart Disease, Lung Cancer and Death, which was approved in 2013.

Stop neglecting treatment for tobacco dependence

Countries must start taking seriously their responsibility to provide treatment to tobacco users who want to stop, says a Comment article published in The Lancet. 

Looking back and looking forward

By Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, Chair, FCA Board of Directors

2015 was a landmark year in our common fight to end the global tobacco epidemic. Not only has it been 15 years since formal negotiations began for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and 10 years since the treaty entered into force, but this year also saw the United Nations adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The ‘plain packs’ battle in the UK – lessons learned

By Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health

In 2010 a new coalition government came to power in Britain, committed to reducing the overall burden of regulation. By January 2014 it had already abolished or simplified 800 regulations, with 2,200 more due for the same treatment before it left office in spring 2015.

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.