The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Lebanon adopts tobacco control law

After five years of effort, Lebanon on Wednesday adopted a tobacco control law.

The law includes a full ban on smoking in all public places, a ban on all forms of ads and sponsorships, health warnings covering 40 per cent of both sides of cigarette packages and a maximum 20 percent of hotel rooms set aside for smokers.

Activists from Indy-ACT play soccer in front of Lebanon's Parliament in 2010 to symbolise how lawmakers were 'playing games' with tobacco control legislation. (c) Indy-ACT

It also promotes joint participation of the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Interior, municipalities and civil society in order to ensure effective implementation of the law.

3 weeks left to lobby for FCTC implementation

Negotiations on the Political Declaration (formerly the Outcomes Document) to be adopted at September's UN Summit on NCDs were last week postponed until 1 September after UN Member States were unable to come to consensus on the key points: specific commitments – such as tobacco tax strategies – funding, and follow-up mechanisms.  

This move signals ominously the risk that the Summit might not result in strong action on NCDs in general and on tobacco control in particular. However, the delay in drafting provides us with an opportunity to ensure that this doesn’t happen. 

Big Tobacco's reaction to global tobacco control

A new study published in Tobacco Control examines how Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BAT) interpreted the relationship between tobacco control non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the policy-making process that ultimately resulted in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  

It also examines how the companies have responded to global tobacco control policy-making. Findings are based on analyses of 506 internal tobacco industry documents released from U.S. litigation and posted online at the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.

FCA gets consultative status at ECOSOC

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted special consultative status to FCA at its recent session.

This status will give FCA access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with issues of interest to ECOSOC, including economic and social development, gender issues and sustainable development.

Latest tobacco control pictures

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control. See what our members in Palau, Bangladesh, UK and globally got up to during June and July 2011.

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No such thing as fair trade tobacco

To highlight the exploitation of tobacco farmers in developing countries, a university professor has launched

The website is an online repository of photos and videos showing the tobacco industry’s exploitation of tobacco growing farmers in developing countries.

Malawi has one of the highest rates of tobacco-related bonded labour in the world. Cigarette manufacturers benefit from low and unpaid adult labour in this region. © Marty Otañez

Good news from Latin America

Tobacco control advocates have seen good news from Latin America in the past week.

In El Salvador, the Congress on Thursday 'overturned' the President's veto of the recently passed National Tobacco Control law, which includes 100 per cent smoke-free public spaces and graphic warning labels on tobacco packages.

Workshop unites activists from Lusophone Africa

A tobacco control workshop for Lusophone countries was held in Maputo from 28 June to 1 July.

The event was rare in that it brought together participants from Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe and Mozambique.

Goals of the training were to:

  • Strengthen the knowledge of tobacco control advocates;
  • Empower tobacco control advocates to initiative actions to pressureor effective tobacco control policies in their countries.

Two months till NCDs Summit - act now!

With two months to go until the UN High-level meeting on NCDs (aka UN Summit), 19-20 September, progress is being made on the draft Outcomes Document ('Zero Draft'). 

Last week UN Member States released an updated version of the Document, which contains a great deal of new language – much of it proposed by the G77 group and much of it very positive from civil society’s perspective.

Using this revised version, the NCD Alliance has updated its priority language, which is available with other updates on this page. You can use this language to lobby your government officials.

NGOs unimpressed by EU footwork

European tobacco control non-government organisations (NGOs) have responded critically to a European Union (EU) report about its role in negotiations on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The NGO report, Out of Step, says that the EU must take some responsibility for the global tobacco epidemic because much of ‘Big Tobacco’ exports its products from the region.

The report also accuses the EU of not adequately protecting its citizens from tobacco.