The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

UPDATED: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below is a recent update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014. 

Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

SEATCA index on tobacco industry interference featured

 
The journal Tobacco Control has given a thumbs-up to a new index to measure tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia.

Fighting tobacco use and NCDs is key to development, speakers tell UN event


Tobacco use and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are devastating populations and must be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda, said panellists at a United Nations event on 28 April.

FCA, along with the missions of Belgium, Jamaica and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), co-sponsored the side event. 

Tobacco taxes rising in Ukraine; NGO warns against ‘warehousing’

An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free law.Thanks to civil society protests, the Ukraine Government will increase tobacco taxes by 25 percent on 1 July 2014.

After the government announced a planned increase of just eight percent, activists protested. They campaigned in the media, picketed the office of the Cabinet of Ministers and contacted the Ministry of Finance, until the government relented. 

Unacceptable – global coordination on NCDs omits the FCTC!

Global coordination of efforts to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is important. But it should not duplicate already existing processes, such as the discussions and governance on tobacco control, which take place at the sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Unfortunately, as it stands now, this could happen!

Join us: Tobacco control/ NCDs in the post-2015 development agenda


FCA and partners invite you to an event on tobacco control and non-communicable diseases in the post-2015 development agenda.

2013 AFRO shadow reports reveal tobacco industry interference


"I urge Parliament to unanimously adopt the tobacco control bill," said Mr Amadou Moustapha Gaye, Vice President of la Ligue sénégalaise contre le tabac (LISTAB), at a press conference to launch his organization’s 2013 shadow report in Senegal. 

Two days later the law was adopted. 

2013 AFRO shadow reports reveal tobacco industry interference


"I urge Parliament to unanimously adopt the tobacco control bill," said Mr Amadou Moustapha Gaye, Vice President of la Ligue sénégalaise contre le tabac (LISTAB), at a press conference to launch his organization’s 2013 shadow report in Senegal. 

Two days later the law was adopted. 

Meetings over, working groups finalise reports for COP6

FCAers at an FCTC working group meeting, 2012.

 

With the meeting in early April of the Working Group on Sustainable Measures to Strengthen Implementation of the WHO FCTC, this cycle of meetings of working, drafting and expert groups has come to an end.

 

Advocacy on post-2015 goals bears fruit

FCA's Shana NarulaFCA’s efforts to get tobacco control included in the new goals for global development has scored a number of successes at the United Nations recently.