The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Coalition opposed to plain packaging has many ties to tobacco industry

An "international coalition" seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products is actually an alliance of free-market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.

Almost all of the 47 organizations that signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Head Margaret Chan are members of the Atlas Network, a US organisation whose mission is "to litter the world with free-market think-tanks", and which has received funding from tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Plain packaging makes progress on World No Tobacco Day

T-shirts in Palau for WNTDThe global tobacco control community celebrated World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The theme was Getting Ready for Plain Packaging.

A number of important developments occurred to mark the day:

FCA members among WNTD award winners

Once again this year many FCA members, partners and colleagues received World No Tobacco Day Awards.

Congratulations to all the winners, including:

Monitoring tobacco packaging and labelling in South-East Asia

A new index is helping governments in South-East Asia strengthen implementation of tobacco packaging and labelling in their countries.

Released by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, (SEATCA) the Tobacco Packaging and Labelling Index evaluates how countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) implement recommendations from Article 11 guidelines of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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.” 

Laurent Huber is FCA's first ambassador

Laurent on the right is the FCA's ambassador.

FCA’s former director Laurent Huber has been named the organisation’s first ambassador.

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.

Battling Big Tobacco’s propaganda on plain packaging


In an effort to block plain packaging laws coming into force across the world, the tobacco industry keeps pedalling propaganda about links to rising amounts of illicit tobacco.

Pictured: HMRC's estimate of the size of the illicit tobacco market in the UK, plotted alongside the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes (in 2014 GPP). The illicit market has consistently fallen at a time when tobacco prices have increased

Getting ready for World No Tobacco Day

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2016 is Get Ready for Plain Packaging!

We asked our members and other groups working for global tobacco control to send us pictures showing how they are getting ready for plain packaging in 2016.

Take a look at what they are doing below.

Learn more about World No Tobacco Day

Tobacco taxes rise 17% in Jamaica: not enough says FCA member

Kick Butts Day in Jamaica, 2012.A 17 percent increase in tobacco excise taxes is positive but even with the hike, Jamaica’s tobacco tax rate still falls short of the 70 percent of the price of the product recommended by the World Health Organization, says FCA member Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC).