The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Global Action Plan on NCDs must recognise the FCTC

The Framework Convention Alliance is calling on WHO and Member States to explicitly recognise the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 2013-2020.

FCA is currently attending the third round of informal consultations in Geneva on the revised draft action plan, which will replace the 2008-2013 plan.

No free trade for cigarettes

Health advocates in Southeast Asia are hoping negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will acknowledge tobacco products as harmful and the cause of disease and death.

There are 125 million smokers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and tobacco related deaths are the top killer. Sadly, these deaths are preventable. Of the 11 countries negotiating this new free trade agreement, during March 4-13, four are from the ASEAN region – Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Read the full South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance press release.

New Zealand to introduce plain packaging

The New Zealand government will legislate plain packaging of tobacco products, making it the second country (after Australia) to introduce plain packs.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (featured on the New Zealand Herald) website, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the legislation was another step on the path towards a smoke-free nation by 2025. Watch the press conference below.


Latest pictures: 2013 January/February

2013 got off to a busy start for global tobacco control.

Watch the image slideshow below to see what happened. Click on the image for more information.

Tobacco farmers switching to alternatives

Throughout the world, tobacco farmers are beginning to switch to growing food or higher yielding crops, like bamboo.

After years of escalating health and environmental problems, low profits and the possibility of declining global demand for tobacco, these farmers realise that growing tobacco has put them in a ‘no-win’ situation.

The campaign interviewed experts from Bangladesh, Kenya and Brazil during last year's Week of Alternative Livelihoods, to show how farmers in these countries are switching from growing tobacco to alternative crops. Watch the video interviews above and below.

Yul Dorotheo new Chair of FCA Board

Yul 150pxFCA would like to congratulate Ulysses ('Yul') N. Dorotheo, representative from the Western Pacific (WPRO) region, for his election as the new chair of the FCA Board of Directors, on 28 January.

The other officers elected are:

  • Vice Chair – Luk Joossens AT-LARGE member from the European (EURO) region
  • Treasurer – Melodie Tilson AT-LARGE member from the Americas (AMRO) region
  • Secretary – Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki AT-LARGE member from the African (AFRO) region.

Building on BRICS' commitment to strengthen FCTC implementation

A commitment to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) reiterated by leaders of the BRICS* countries earlier this month has the potential to help strengthen FCTC implementation.

The pledge, made in the Delhi Communiqué on 12 January, came just two months after the fifth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties where, for the first time, a working group was established not to elaborate implementation guidelines for FCTC articles but to examine the Convention's implementation.

Lao tobacco control fund builds momentum for healthier region - SEATCA

BANGKOK, 25 January 2013 - The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on Thursday congratulated the Lao People's Democratic Republic on passing a decree establishing a tobacco control fund.

The new law will see the fund built on a two percent tax on tobacco industry profits. It will also allow a specific increase of 200 Lao Kip (US$0.03) per cigarette pack, proceeds of which will also go to the tobacco control fund.

Caribbean states adopt regional labelling standard

On 12 December 2012, Caribbean states adopted the Regional Standard for the Labelling of Retail Packages of Tobacco Products.

The Regional Standards meets the requirement of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a press release from the Secretariat from the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

More cessation support needed globally

TobWatch Art14 170113Comprehensive support for smoking cessation is a relatively low priority for most Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to the findings of a 2012 Tobacco Watch report that focuses on the FCTC's Article 14.

Most Parties surveyed in the FCA report said they prioritised other articles that promoted cessation attempts or that created demand for cessation support. However, the report says there are quick and affordable actions Parties can take to improve access to tobacco cessation support.