The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

The WHO FCTC at 10: making a very big difference

Dr Judith MackayDr Judith Mackay
Senior Policy Advisor, WHO
Policy Advisor, World Lung Foundation/ Bloomberg
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Along with the late Ruth Roemer and Allyn Taylor, I was privileged to be part of the birth of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 1993, when the idea of a Convention was thought to be an impossible dream.

FCA and global tobacco control in 2015

FCA Policy Director Francis ThompsonFrancis Thompson
FCA Policy Director<

With the adoption of Article 6 guidelines at COP6, we now have guidelines for all the demand-side articles of the FCTC. As a result, guidelines work is unlikely to be the main focus of the next few COP sessions. Rather, we expect a focus on implementation issues.

The FCTC in 2025: what needs to happen in the next decade?

By Framework Convention Alliance

It may be helpful to imagine the FCTC as a rapidly growing child. It came into the world 10 years ago, kicking and screaming but with some promising DNA: the various articles of the Convention.

The FCTC is 10: should we celebrate?

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan

February 27 will mark the 10th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the first global public health treaty.

Today the FCTC has 180 Parties, making it among the most widely-adopted international instruments. About 90 percent of the world’s population falls under the FCTC’s protections. The creators of the Convention were bold in their intentions – “to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption.”

‘Hot spots’ FCA is watching this year

Global tobacco control hotspots, 2015Below we describe some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2015. Please let us know about others, and about any developments concerning these issues.

Media highlights FCA's letter to Indian Government on package warnings

Excerpt quoting FCA Director Laurent HuberFCA's letter of support urging the Indian Government to resist tobacco industry lobbying against new packaging rules has been highlighted in the Indian media. 

The FCTC turned 10 on 27 Feb 2015

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The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) turns 10 on 27 Feb 2015.

Besides celebrating this anniversary with the 180 Parties to the treaty, it’s also a time to recommit to fighting the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use.

Norway next for plain packs?

Norway's health minister announced on 9 February that the government will start public consultations on plain packaging of tobacco products at the end of the month.

FCA welcomes new World Health Organization Director for Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Director AfricaFCA would like to welcome Dr Matshidiso Moeti as the new Director of the World Health Organization's office in Africa ('AFRO'). 

During her leadership in the Ministry of Health in Botswana, the country was among the first in the world to introduce a tobacco control law.

Tobacco Litigation: A milestone is reached in Canada

Cynthia Callard
Association pour la santé publique du Québec

The recent conclusion of a twinned trial of two class action suits in the Canadian province of Quebec demonstrates how governments can support the implementation of Article 19 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with law reforms and administrative support.