The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA's submission to WHO's consultations on commitments made at the 2011 UN NCDs Summit

This submission to WHO's consultations on the commitments made in the September 2011 Political Declaration on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) focuses on:

A comprehensive global monitoring framework, including indicators, and a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs.

Among other things it recommends: "... the adoption of an overarching goal at the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012 to reduce preventable deaths from NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025".

Options for strengthening and facilitating multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs through partnership.

Among other things it states: "FCA's experience in the field of tobacco control shows that strong and successful tobacco control, for instance tobacco tax policy, requires the commitment and cooperation of numerous sectors: health, trade, customs and finance to name a few; be this at the country level, regionally or globally."

Read the full submission.

Ukraine signs smoke-free law

The Ukraine government has signed a comprehensive Smoke-Free law that totally bans smoking in indoor places like cafes, bars and restaurants.

Chairman of the Board of the Regional Advocacy Center LIFE in Ukraine Andriy Skipalskyi says the move is a great public health victory over the tobacco industry’s commercial interests.

World Health Assembly targets killer diseases

The international community has made another important step toward preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. In May, the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a global target on NCDs, which calls for a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from the diseases by 2025.

Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs. According to the prestigious medical journal The Lancet, tobacco control is one of the key measures that will help countries turn the tide on NCDs. Leading researchers agree that tobacco control interventions and the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) should be at the heart of the global and country-level response to the NCDs epidemic.

FCA's 2012 elections to begin early

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As you know this is an exciting and busy year for the FCA. Because of our important COP5 priorities, the election cycle for the 7th General Assembly will begin early this year.

Three posts on the FCA Board of Directors will be contested in this year's election: a representative from the AMRO region, one from the SEARO region and one AT-LARGE Board Member (independent of any regional consideration).

FCA members honoured with WNTD awards

Congratulations to all those honoured this year with World No Tobacco Day awards by the World Health Organization.

The winners include these FCA members:

Western Pacific region

  • Korean Association on Smoking or Health, Republic of Korea

South-East Asia Region

Tobacco industry interference in Africa

FCA Director Laurent Huber was interviewed by Jody Nkashama of Radio Okapi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in March.

They discussed tobacco industry interference, particularly in Africa.

Open letter to PMI CEO

Dear NATT friends,

Corporate Accountability International, joined by allies like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and REAL, just got back from the Philip Morris International shareholders' meeting, so I wanted to update everyone on what we set out to do, what we accomplished, and some highlights from the actions that we organized. 

World health leaders attack tobacco industry

The theme for this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is industry interference. WHO member states created WNTD in 1987 to draw attention to the preventable death and disease caused by the tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco industry threats to governments implementing the tobacco control measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are growing stronger. Like the governments of Norway and Australia, which the tobacco industry is targeting for legal action, countries in the developing world are also under attack.

Resources for World No Tobacco Day 2012

Tobacco industry interference is this year’s theme for the World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May.

The day will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Below are resources prepared by FCA for advocacy around the Day, in English, French and Spanish. We've also listed resources from WHO, FCA members and others.

This video outlines the industry’s tactics to undermine global tobacco control efforts, and how countries are fighting back. This video is also available in Spanish and French.



Experts urge higher tobacco taxes in Benin

Benin tax 290412Photo (c) Tosin Orogun.Tobacco control advocates and officials met last week in Benin to discuss how to strengthen tobacco taxes in the west African nation and surrounding region. 

The low prices of tobacco products in Benin translate into a high consumption rate, said Dr. Judith Segnon-Agueh, Tobacco Control Focal Point in the Benin Ministry of Health.