The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Release of Framework Convention Alliance Annual Report 2017

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) Annual Report summarizes our achievements over the past twelve months, detailing several points, including: a regional outlook of our activities, a highlight of our advocacy work for tobacco control policies at the national level, and a look at FCA priorities in 2017 and going forward, to ensure a wider global implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

“When the FCTC came into effect in 2005, we knew the hard work of turning legal obligations into reality was just beginning. Despite continued tobacco industry resistance, FCA member organisations have pressed hard at the national level. While progress is uneven, we have had heartening successes in countries where very little existed before the Convention,” FCA executive director Francis Thompson said.

Download the FCA Annual Report 2017 (PDF) to learn more.

2018 World Conference on Tobacco or Health: FCA to Shine Light on the FCTC Acceleration Agenda

The 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health planned for March 7-9 in Cape Town, South Africa, is set to bring together leaders and advocates from all aspects of the tobacco control and health fields.

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) would like to invite conference attendees to join a meeting on Wednesday March 7 at 7 am, to discuss a new global plan to accelerate implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Hosted jointly with Cancer Research UK and American Cancer Society, this meeting presents a unique opportunity to learn how this plan will help move the ball on FCTC implementation and how civil society can support the development of an effective plan. The meeting will take place in the Protea room, at the Southern Sun The Cullinan. For more information or to RSVP, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Policy and Advocacy Officer.

ILO Member States Should End Cooperation with Tobacco Industry and Find Alternative Funding

When the International Labour Organisation (ILO) member states gather in Geneva, at the 332nd Session of the Governing Body, this March 2018, they have a unique opportunity to finally eliminate any undue influence of the tobacco industry over child labour-related policies.

To achieve this outcome, they should vote to:

  • Stop accepting money from the tobacco industry and tobacco industry funded organisations.
  • Find alternative and additional funding to address once and for all the root causes of child labour and the conditions that keep tobacco farm workers in poverty.

FCA Participates in Global NCD Alliance Forum

Over 300 civil society delegates from 68 countries participated in the second Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Forum. They shared insights on fighting NCDs ahead of the third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018. Francis Thompson, FCA Executive Director, Tih Ntiabang FCA Regional Coordinator Cameroon, Dr. Eduardo Bianco, FCA Regional Coordinator Uruguay, Mischa Terzyk, FCA Policy and Advocacy Officer and other FCA members attended the Forum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 9-11 December 2017.

Warning: Recent Spam Emails Disguised as FCA Job Offer

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is warning its partners and the general public of on-going phishing scam emails purporting to come from its Executive Director. The FCA name and logo are being fraudulently used to offer fictional employment to unsuspecting individuals.

Notice of the 2017 FCA General Assembly

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) General Assembly (GA) will take place virtually from December 8 to 15, 2017. There are no elections planned this year to renew the Board, with the longest serving representatives entering their fourth year and no Board positions being up for renewal.

The Chairperson of the FCA Board of Directors, Nonguebzanga Maxime Compaoré encourages all FCA members to review the annual Board report and to provide feedback (approval or non-approval) and comments during the GA. Further details on this process will be provided to FCA members on December 7.

ILO to Reconsider Cooperation with Tobacco Industry

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the last UN agency accepting funding from the tobacco industry for its activities, postponed the decision on its future relationship with the industry, failing to act despite persistent calls from the Workers’, Asia-Pacific and European groups, and many countries of the Americas. The ILO will revisit the issue of cutting ties with the tobacco industry in March 2018 at the 332nd Session of the Governing Body in Geneva.

The FCA calls on the ILO to take all the necessary steps to develop an “integrated ILO strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector” that produces tangible results and is sustainable without funding from the very industry responsible for the exploitative working conditions that foster child labour.

FCA calls on ILO to cut ties with Tobacco Industry

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) joins the calls on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to end its cooperation with the tobacco industry. The FCA is amongst the initial signers of an open letter to the members of the ILO Governing Body that are due to vote on the matter during their meeting in Geneva from 26 October – 9 November 2017. The ILO is one of the last UN agencies to follow the recommendation of the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) to refuse any form of collaboration with the tobacco industry. On its date of publication (16 October), more than 180 organisation had signed the open letter to the ILO.


Statement by the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

The global tobacco control community remains deeply concerned by the creation of the so-called “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”, funded exclusively by the multinational tobacco company, Philip Morris International (PMI).

In its 14 Oct. issue, The Lancet published four pieces on the Foundation, including one by its head, Derek Yach.“The articles in the most recent issue of The Lancet have, if anything, raised our level of alarm,” said Francis Thompson, Executive Director of the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control (FCA). The FCA is a global alliance of nearly 500 member organisations in more than 100 countries.

FCA notes that there is a long and tragic history of tobacco companies funding questionable research to delay effective measures to reduce deaths from smoking. Aware of their lack of credibility on health, Philip Morris and other tobacco companies also have a lengthy track record of paying third parties to advance their arguments and providing funds for what they describe as independent research efforts.

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.