The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

No such thing as fair trade tobacco

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

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.

Dr Monika Arora wins GHC award

Dr Arora (top left in blue) leads a focused group discussion in a local Indian community. © HRIDAY

Dr Arora (top left in blue) leads a focused group discussion in a local Indian community. © HRIDAY

The Global Health Council (GHC) has awarded Dr Monika Arora its prestigious Best Practices in Global Health 2011 award for her health promotion work amongst adolescents through a non-profit based in India.

The non-profit - Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth (HRIDAY) – works to promote health awareness amongst school and college students in India. HRIDAY is also an FCA member.

The NCD Summit: a window of opportunity

It was a privilege and honour for me to represent FCA’s continuing labour and innovative strategies in effective implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the Informal Interactive Civil Society Hearing on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at the United Nations General Assembly last week.

I want to share with you selected highlights of the day and discuss potential next steps for FCA action in the now short run-up to the September High-level Meeting on NCDs (often called the NCD Summit).

US releases graphic package warnings

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 21 June announced the final nine picture-based warnings that will appear on the top 50 per cent of the front and back of cigarette packages.

The warnings include a toll-free quit line number. As of 22 Sept. 2012, manufacturers will not be able to manufacture cigarettes without the new warnings on packaging, and as of 22 Oct. 2012, manufacturers will not be able to distribute cigarettes without the new warnings on packaging.

Benin holds capacity-building workshop

Workshop participants receive powerful tobacco control tools. (c) IECT

On 16-17 June, The Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control (IECT) organised a two-day workshop to strengthen the capacity of non-government organisations (NGOs) to support tobacco control in Benin. 

The event was held with the financial support of the African Tobacco Control Alliance, technical support from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (the Union) and in collaboration with the Benin Ministry of Health.

Bolivia set for pictorial warnings

Two of the seven new pictorial warnings for Bolivia.

Two ofthe seven new warnings for Bolivia (c) Bolivian gvt 

The Bolivian Government has announced that cigarette packages sold in Bolivia will have pictorial warnings by December 2011.

The warnings will cover 50 per cent of both the front and back of packages.