The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

India's tobacco tax hike inadequate

The increase in the tobacco tax rate in the recent Indian budget will have little health benefit as tobacco prices are unlikely to rise markedly, says Dr Monika Arora, Director of the Health Promotion Division at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

Palau tobacco tax to fight NCDs

Palau has become a world leader in using tobacco tax revenue to finance the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs)*.

2016 global tobacco control Hot Spots

Many new hot spots have flared up in global tobacco control in 2016; others remain from last year.

There are two recurring themes:

FCTC reporting under review in 2016

Parties at FCTC COP6, 2014.While Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are expected to submit their progress reports by 15 April, discussions later this year could change the shape of future reporting.

World Bank: tobacco taxes can help in troubled economic times

Governments should consider the role of tobacco taxes in weathering the current financial storm, say two World Bank experts in a recent blog post. Such “corrective taxes” can generate positive social benefits and raise much needed revenue.

NGOs gear up to accelerate FCTC implementation in The Gambia

Workshop organised by RAID - The Gambia FCAers in The Gambia have launched a two-year project aimed at accelerating sustainable implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the West African country.

Ukraine hikes tobacco tax again

Tobacco control activists demonstrate in Ukraine on World No Tobacco Day 2015The Government of the Ukraine continues to push up the rate of excise taxes that it levies on tobacco products.

The latest hike of 40 percent, as of 1 Jan. 2016, follows on three increases in 2015 that totalled 40 percent. It should result in prices increasing generally by 20-25 percent, according to the NGO Advocacy Center LIFE, a member of the Framework Convention Alliance.

Tobacco industry interference still prominent in Uganda

painting by Ugandan Artist Rolands (c) TTC MobileBy John Amanya
Coordinator of Programs and Capacity Building,
Uganda Alliance of Patients Organization

Although Uganda passed the Comprehensive Tobacco Control Bill 2014 on 19 September 2015 after a long, public battle with the tobacco industry, the only significant tobacco control measure it contains is the cigarette package health warning Smoking Causes Heart Disease, Lung Cancer and Death, which was approved in 2013.

Stop neglecting treatment for tobacco dependence

Countries must start taking seriously their responsibility to provide treatment to tobacco users who want to stop, says a Comment article published in The Lancet. 

New Secretariat for FCA

New FCA Executive Director, Francis ThompsonCanada’s HealthBridge Foundation is the secretariat for FCA as of 1 January 2016.

The move comes as former FCA Policy Director Francis Thompson takes over as FCA's new Executive Director from Laurent Huber, who successfully led the Alliance for more than a decade. Laurent continues to lead ASH (US).