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.


Determined activists drive tobacco control

Dr Hong Kwan Seo demonstratingDr 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.” 

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.

Studies are conclusive: plain packaging of tobacco works


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

FCAers laud European court decision on tobacco control measures

European Court of Justice decisionFCA 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:

Celebrating 10 years of smoke-free Uruguay

Cigarettes and ingredients at a meeting of the WHO FCTC tobacco control treaty in Uruguay, 2010.

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.