The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control Successes

FCA awards an Orchid on each day of meetings of the FCTC Conference of the Parties, to praise an FCTC Party that has worked to advance negotiations. Ashtrays are awarded to Parties that obstruct proceedings.

The awards are published on the final page of FCA’s daily Bulletin, and are one of the most popular features of the paper.

This web page highlighting advances in global tobacco control is named after the Orchid award.


  • Watch a video about the impact of the Orchid and Ashtry awards here.
  • See Bulletins from all the FCTC meetings here.


Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

The first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control was launched in Brazil on 1 April.

Big step taken toward linking tobacco and human rights

Tobacco control advocates at human rights hearingFormal recognition of the link between tobacco and human rights has moved closer in the Americas thanks to a hearing on 5 April that featured tobacco control advocates.

The long road to Graphic Health Warnings in the Philippines

By Ulysses Dorotheo, MD, FPAO*New graphic health warnings in the Philippines.

Based on the three-year compliance deadline for Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Philippines should’ve implemented effective health warnings on packages by September 2008. Nearly eight years later, graphic health warnings have finally arrived.

Kenyan court rejects industry challenge

The Kenyan High Court has rejected a challenge of the government’s new tobacco control measures by tobacco industry giant British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited.

Palau tobacco tax to fight NCDs

Palau has become a world leader in using tobacco tax revenue to finance the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs)*.