People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
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.
Dr Hong Gwan Seo’s conversion to tobacco control activist began as he puffed on a cigarette reading medical literature on the harms caused by smoking.
“As a doctor I thought I knew the dangers, but as I read I realized smoking was crazy; it was like committing suicide slowly. So I quit.”
An expert commentary on the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO FCTC
By Karine Gallopel-Morvan *
Tobacco use kills nearly six million people every year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.1 In response to this pandemic, WHO developed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), a comprehensive treaty with 180 Parties.2
FCA members are applauding a European Court of Justice decision on 4 May that dismisses the tobacco industry’s challenge of the measures in the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).
The measures come into force on 20 May 2016 and include:
By Dr Eduardo Bianco*
Uruguay is celebrating 10 years as a smoke-free (SF) country in 2016. When it banned smoking in public spaces and workplaces a decade ago, it became the first county in the Americas, and only the fourth in the world, to do so.