The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Plain packs proliferating

Global map of tobacco plain packaging, 2017

Plain packaging has been adopted in 8 countries and is under consideration in at least 15 other jurisdictions, a major increase from less than one year ago.

On 1 July, Norway joined Australia, France and the UK as countries that have implemented plain packs. Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand and Slovenia have all set dates for the measure, starting with Ireland on 30 Sep 2017.

COP7 decisions: an overview

FCA identified three interlinked implementation-related priorities for COP7 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC):

Global demand for cigarette graphic warnings grows

Over 100 countries and territories now require cigarette picture health warnings, marking a significant milestone in global public health that will reduce smoking and save lives.

Big Tobacco hooking kids in Ukraine

Cigarette advertising in clear view of children.Cigarette advertising in clear view of children.

A Ukraine tobacco control group is exposing Big Tobacco’s tactics for getting kids hooked.

Indian network challenges official OK for CSR by tobacco industry

A multi-faceted campaign by a tobacco control organization has put the brakes on a plan to permit so-called ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) activities by the tobacco industry in India.

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.

World No Tobacco Day 2016 in the Pacific

Celebrating World No Tobacco Day in PalauMany Pacific Island countries were busy earlier this year getting ready to implement plain packaging, which was the theme for World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2016.

Coalition opposed to plain packaging has many ties to tobacco industry


An "international coalition" seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products is actually an alliance of free-market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.

Almost all of the 47 organizations that signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Head Margaret Chan are members of the Atlas Network, a US organisation whose mission is "to litter the world with free-market think-tanks", and which has received funding from tobacco giant Philip Morris.

France and UK join Australia as plain packaging leaders

Plain cigarette Packs 2016Congratulations to France and the UK, which on 20 May 2016 join Australia as countries that have adopted plain packaging for tobacco products.