The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Monitoring team thwarts tobacco industry interference in Uganda

A specially trained team of tobacco control advocates has prevented the tobacco industry from getting a suggested tobacco tax increase in Uganda reduced.

The Ministry of Finance had proposed increasing Uganda’s excise tax duty on cigarettes by 45.5 percent in the 2013-14 budget. When the matter was discussed in Parliament’s Finance Committee, the industry submitted a petition calling for an increase of just 11.4 percent.

So many deaths, so little money

Tobacco use kills six million people each year. Sadly, resources spent on tobacco control are in no way commensurate with the death and disability caused by this product.

Since negotiations on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) started in 1999, funding for global health has climbed from US$9.9 billion to $28.1 billion in 2012 (measured in 2010 US dollars). Virtually none of this money has gone to tobacco control: countries spend from $0.001 to $1.00 per person annually on FCTC implementation, and the annual budget of the FCTC Secretariat is less than $10 million.

Latest pictures: September - October 2013

FCA members worked hard to spread the word about tobacco control during September and October 2013. Watch the slideshow below to see what happened.

  • Thailand


    1 September 2013: During the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion in Thailand, the international community expresses its support to fight against tobacco industry interference on 85% pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. (c) SEATCA

  • Brazil


    3/9/13: Brazilian National No Tobacco Day flash mob in Rio de Janeiro – the message is to support the additives ban approved in March 2012. The ban is supposed to enter into force at the manufacturer level in 10 days, however, there are unresolved legal challenges. © ACTbr

  • Africa


    4/9/13: FCA Board member Lutgard Kagaruki delivers the Alliance's submission to the WHO Regional Meeting for Africa this week.

  • Germany


    21/9/2013: Tobacco control activists protest outside the Inter-Tabac trade fair in Dortmund, Germany. Their message “Smoking kills, tobacco is harvested by child labourers and German state actors aren't allowed to promote tobacco trade because that is a violation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)!” ©

  • Africa


    5/9/13: WHO Director-General Margaret Chan is one of the dignitaries participating in the 63rd session of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa, in the Republic of Congo. FCA Regional Coordinator Tih Ntiabang is attending, along with a number of other FCAers.

  • Bangladesh


    22 September 2013: Closing program of day long workshop on FCTC Article 5.3 organised by WBB Trust at its office in Bangladesh. (c) WBB Trust

  • United Nations

    United Nations

    24/9/13: Shana Narula, from ASH US, and Laurent at the Special Event on the MDGs at the UN this week.

  • Jamaica


    24/9/13: Heart Foundation Jamaica Deborah Chen (in red) receives a Tobacco Control Champion award at the recent Endgame for Tobacco

  • Palau


    27/9/2013: Palau’s President links tobacco with development at the UN Special Event on MDG

  • Bangladesh


    29/9/13: Representatives from the Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance (BATA), Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB) Trust and the New Super Market Shop Owners Association declare a major supermarket in Dakar, Bangladesh smoke free.

  • Ghana


    3/10/13: 34 Parties to the WHO FCTC have now signed the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products after a special signing event at the United Nations in New York. Signatories included H.E. Ms. Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana.

  • Bangladesh


    9/10/13: National No Tobacco Day (c) WBB Trust

For example members in:
Thailand fought against tobacco industry interference.
Brazil supported the additives ban approved in March 2012.
Africa delivered FCA’s's submission to the WHO Regional Meeting.
Germany protested outside the Inter-Tabac trade fair in Dortmund.
US attended the UN General Assembly.

And much more. Watch the slideshow above to see more.

Industry influence weakens EU tobacco control measures

By Florence Berteletti, Luk Joossens and Anka Toma*

Against a tide of unprecedented tobacco industry lobbying to water down the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) and delay the legislative process, the plenary of the European Parliament (EP) voted on 8 October to support mandatory pictorial warnings covering 65 percent of both sides of cigarette packs (a hard-fought battle won at the last minute).

FCA promoting tobacco control at WHO regional committee meetings

FCA representatives have attended four regional meetings of the WHO to date this year, where they spoke on FCTC implementation and other tobacco control issues.

Via informal briefings with delegates, we also ensured that tobacco control was included in discussions on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the post-2015 development agenda.

Tobacco control, NCDs emerging in UN development talks

By Laurent Huber,
FCA Director

The devastation caused by the tobacco epidemic was highlighted in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September, but much more will need to be done to get tobacco control included in the world's post-2015 development agenda.

"Tobacco consumption, which was left out of the MDGs, has a direct impact on NCDs, and must therefore be separately targeted" in those goals, President Tommy Remengesau of Palau told the Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals.

Big Tobacco’s challenges delay world’s largest pack warnings

Thai image FBThailand and Sri Lanka are being denied bragging rights for having among the world’s largest graphic warnings on cigarette packs because of challenges from the tobacco industry.

Palau bans sale of duty-free tobacco

Palau has passed a number of regulations that will make tobacco more expensive in the country from 1 January 2014.

It is widely accepted that price increases are the most effective way to reduce tobacco consumption, and to discourage potential young smokers from starting.

In the New Year the Pacific Island nation will join Nepal and Romania as countries that completely ban the sale of duty-free tobacco.

Tobacco control two years after the UN's NCD Summit

tobacco control UNTwo years ago Thursday a United Nations conference declared the threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) "one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century".

"Prevention must be the cornerstone of the global response to non-communicable diseases", added the Political Declaration of the General Assembly meeting known as the NCD Summit.

At the Summit, UN member states recognised the importance of tobacco control in tackling the NCDs epidemic. (Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the four main groups of NCDs – cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases).

Global tobacco control to 2014

The fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was held in November 2012.

Parties adopted important decisions, including:

  • The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products;