The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

What’s in the Bloomberg, Gates litigation fund?

Most of us have seen the headlines: Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have teamed up to create a fund to help countries fight challenges by the tobacco industry. What about the details?

According to a press release, the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund will be available for low and middle-income countries to dispute lawsuits filed against them by the tobacco industry using international trade agreements.

Revised UK illicit trade strategy pledges crackdown on industry


“The tobacco industry is complicit in illegal trade. Smuggling is one of its business strategies,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a speech to the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Dr. Chan was not exaggerating. The tobacco industry has long been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco, and the problem has not disappeared.

Plain packs in 2016 for the UK!

standardised pack official uploadThe UK will become the first country in Europe and second country in the world to implement plain, standardised packaging of tobacco products.

The move follows Australia’s lead: that country implemented plain packaging in December 2012.

Fact sheet - Tobacco: a barrier to sustainable development

Cover3 tobacco susdevMaking implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) a priority in all countries will be critical to the achievement of the new sustainable development goals, says a new fact sheet. 

FCAer calls on university to remove online industry-funded studies

OxyRomanie President Pascal DiethelmThe President of OxyRomandie, Pascal Diethelm, is calling on the University of Zurich to remove from its website two scientific papers sponsored by tobacco giant Philip Morris.

The university published the papers in 2014. They conclude that plain packaging had no discernable effect on smoking rates among the young in Australia and that the measure is thus ineffective. The papers’ findings were also widely circulated in the media.

FCA staff at the 16th WCTOH

WCTOH logoMany FCA staff and board members were in Abu Dhabi for the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), 17-21 March 2015.

See some of their presentations below

Talks on financing for NCDs should include the FCTC

It is now apparent that progress on tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs*) has been insufficient and uneven. Countries are only slowly moving from their commitments toward action, including allocating resources.

So when the World Health Organization announced plans to set up a working group on financing for NCDs, expectations soared. After two high-level United Nations meetings on NCDs, it was thought that smaller group discussions could generate some progress.

The WHO FCTC at 10: more advocacy is needed

By E Ulysses Dorotheo, FCTC Program Director, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance and Chair, FCA Board of Directors

It's true that the FCTC has accelerated progress in tobacco control in many countries, but in low- and middle-income countries, the tobacco industry continues to flourish and make obscene profits at the expense of public health, even as tobacco company executives and lawyers continue to spread misinformation about tobacco production, tobacco use, and tobacco control.

The WHO FCTC at 10: more political will needed

Matthew L MyersMatthew L. Myers, President
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

A decade after the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force there is no doubt that the treaty has served as a catalyst for life-saving progress around the world. In 2006, the WHO projected that unless nations act decisively, tobacco will kill one billion people worldwide this century. Today, thanks in large part to the FCTC, actions taken since then have already begun to bend that arc. For the first time in decades, the total number of cigarettes sold worldwide actually declined in 2013.

The WHO FCTC at 10: progress has been mixed

Derek YachBy Derek Yach
Executive Director, Vitality Institute; former Executive Director, WHO NCDs*

The FCTC is an ambitious approach to tackling the world’s most preventable health problem. It was built on solid evidence of what worked best and supported strongly by the IMF, the World Bank, UNICEF, leading pharmaceutical companies and international health NGOs.

Progress has been mixed and the early passion and cohesion of the coalition has dissipated.