The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Kenya takes steps to improve tobacco taxation


By Vincent Kimosop, Clara Mwanthi and Emma Wanyonyi, International Institute for Legislative Affairs

Kenya signed and ratified the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in June 2004, committing itself to implementing a number of measures, including putting in place tax and price policies targeted at reducing demand for tobacco products.

Subsequently, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act 2007, which provides that the Minister of Finance shall, amongst other things, "implement tax and price policies on tobacco and tobacco products so as to contribute to the objects of the Act" (section 12). Those objects include protecting the health of Kenyans, especially those below the age of 18.

Cook Islands to raise tobacco tax


The Cook Islands government will increase tax on tobacco in its next budget.

The country's finance minister Mark Brown says the government will be increasing import levies on cigarettes and tobacco by 33 percent annually over the next three years.

Full story on the Radio New Zealand International website

Malaysia releases GATS results


Malaysia has released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results, which highlight adult tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco control measures in the country.

While many countries conduct individual surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, the GATS survey provides a standard global survey for tracking tobacco use amongst adults (15 years and over) globally.

NCDs consultation in EMRO in September


WHO and the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health are hosting a conference on the implementation of the UN Political Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases in the EMRO Region, 10-12 September 2012.

Representatives from ministries of health, foreign affairs and planning, the League of Arab States, United Nations funding agencies, programmes and agencies, international financial institutions, development banks and other key international organizations are expected to attend.

The aims of the conference are to:

Honduras and Bolivia lead in making tobacco control a development priority


Bolivia and Honduras have become Latin American leaders at including implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in their national development agendas.

With support from FCA, civil society organisations in both countries have worked successfully in recent months to explain to government officials and international agencies the links between poverty and tobacco use. This work builds upon the Political Declaration of the 2011 UN Summit on NCDs (non-communicable diseases), which recognised the important role tobacco control can play in development.

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