The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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. 

Pacific Islands newsletter #3, 2015

Read the latest tobacco control news from the Pacific Islands in the 3rd newsletter from 2015. Contents include:

Tobacco cessation tools online

A package of tools created to assist countries that are developing or refining support for people who are trying to stop using tobacco is now online.

Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is devoted to tobacco cessation. Following the adoption of Article 14 guidelines in 2010, many countries began developing (or further developing) their support for cessation.

First EMRO smoking cessation conference

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) members recently held the first regional conference about smoking cessation in Jordan.

The conference is the first of its kind in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region, and addressed guidelines to Article 14 (cessation) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which were adopted during last year’s fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4) in Uruguay.

Report suggests youth cessation strategies


Young smokers in Europe are not utilising cessation programs despite wanting to quit (c) Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsMany young smokers in Europe are not utilising cessation programs despite wanting to quit, a new report has found.

According to the ACCESS report, recruitment strategies are neglected when organisations develop youth smoking cessation interventions.


EC consults on tobacco control measures

Article 14: cessation

The European Commission could improve tobacco control measures after it recently announced a public consultation process to assess possible changes to its Tobacco Products Directive.

The commission is inviting all stakeholders to comment on possible measures to improve awareness about the dangers of smoking; increase the motivation to quit smoking; and discourage taking up smoking.

Asia hit hard by smoking epidemic

Smoking rates in Asia set to double (c) Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.The number of people dying from smoking-related lung cancer in Asia over the next 20 years will double, according to new Australian research.

The George Institute of Global Health recently released a study that said a third of the world's smokers live in the Asia-Pacific region; however, Asian countries are slow to take up anti-smoking initiatives.

Virtual cardiology congress begins

The International Cardiology Congress on the Internet has begun.

Organized by the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, the congress features a symposium on Tobacco and the Heart organized by the Framework Convention Alliance, World Heart Federation, the South American Cardiology Society and the InterAmerican Heart Foundation.

The symposium explores issues in tobacco cessation and control that are relevant to cardiologists. It will include contributions from leading global experts in tobacco control advocacy and treatment of tobacco dependence.