The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

World No Tobacco Day 2011

Throughout the world FCA members took part in World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which occurred May 31 and highlighted how the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is helping save lives globally by reducing smoking rates.

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FCA receives World No Tobacco Day honour

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is one of three groups that will be honoured by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as part of this year's World No Tobacco Day campaign.

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is 31 May.

According to the PAHO website, the groups "have all worked to support the development, adoption and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)".

Nepal passes TC law

Nepal’s government has passed a tobacco control law that’s expected to come into effect this September.

As a result of the law, smoking in public places will be banned and fines enforced for those who ignore the law.

Australia gives extra to meet FCTC needs

The Australian Government and two Australian nongovernmental organisations have announced a joint extrabudgetary contribution of AUD100,000 (US$109,000) for needs assessments on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Pacific island countries.

Australia’s contribution of AUD77,000, together with AUD23,000 offered jointly by Cancer Council Australia and the National Heart Foundation of Australia, will be used by the Convention Secretariat to undertake joint needs assessments to identify WHO FCTC implementation gaps, needs and opportunities.

Tobacco Control in pictures April 2011

Body builders promote smoke-free public places in Bangladesh (c) Pratyasha Throughout the world our members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

This April:
•    Australia announces its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging – making it the first country in the world to implement plain packaging;
•    The Ukraine adopts a law to have picture warnings on all cigarette packages by October next year;
•    Bangladesh discusses the importance of installing smoke-free signs in public places and public transport; and
•    Bangladesh sports, government and anti-drug groups promote the message that non-smokers are healthy and fit, and that all playgrounds and sports ground should be smoke-free.

Australia set for toughest tobacco promotion laws

An example of the Australian Government's proposed plain packaging (c) Australian government

Australia could soon have the toughest tobacco promotion laws in the world if its plain packaging legislation is passed.

In addition, health warnings on packs of tobacco sold in the country are set to become the world’s largest when the new legislation comes into effect, which is scheduled for January 2012.

On 2 April 2011, the Australian Government announced its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging.

FCA’s shadow reporting expands

2010 was a success by many standards for Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) shadow reporting programme.

The global report Tobacco Watch was launched, and at the country level, national reports resulted in greater influence on policy making.

Ukraine to have picture warnings in 2012

This picture accompanies a Ukraine cigarette warning that says: "Smoking causes nicotine addiction. Do not start smoking. (c) ECThe Ukraine will have picture warnings on all cigarette packages by October next year, according to a law adopted on 4 April.

This is a great win for the region, and a crucial step in the country’s tobacco control process. The next step, according to the chairman of the tobacco control organisation Regional Advocacy Center "LIFE" Andriy Skipalskyi, is for the Ukraine government to ban all forms of tobacco industry advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Caribbean coalition launches Get the Message

Caribbean civil society organisations have launched Get the Message, a campaign that uses text messaging, Facebook and other social media to build popular support for the NCD Summit.  

The campaign, by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, will focus on getting Caribbean residents to send messages from their mobile phones to show their support for the Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The aim is to pressure heads of Government in CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) to attend the Summit in New York on 19-20 September and to implement strategies to prevent NCDs and improve healthcare.

Take action: support the advertising ban set for Ukraine

Cigarette brand promotion on side of carry bag in Ukraine.The Ukraine parliament is set to ban all tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion.

Although tobacco advertising is banned in commercial print media (business to business is allowed), outdoor areas, radio and TV; it is still allowed in all types of indirect advertising such as: promotional activities (free cigarettes distribution, tests, contests and lotteries), sponsorship events (youth concerts, discos and parties), point-of-sale advertising, online and corporate social responsibility programs.