The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Early 2011 tobacco control images

Throughout the world our members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

The beginning of 2011 saw tobacco control advocates get involved with World Cancer Day, people in Bangladesh push tobacco packaging health warnings and smoke-free laws, and women in DRC learn about the link between cervical cancer and smoking.

Latin American coalition takes on NCDs

A new coalition of Latin American civil society organisations has joined forces to develop a declaration that recognises the grave impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.

More than 40 organisations make up the group – called the Healthy Latin American Coalition (HLAC).

FCTC launches implementation database

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat has launched its WHO FCTC Implementation Database.

The database stores Parties’ responses to the Secretariat’s official questionnaires relating to phase one (two years) and phase two (five years) following the entry into force of the FCTC in their country or region.

FCA Board of Directors elected

Please see below the results of the 2011 elections for the FCA Board of Directors. The expiry year of the board member's term is in brackets; all terms end on 31 December. 

Report on pack warning labels translated

The Canadian Cancer Society's Updated report on pack warning labels is now available in Arabic, Chinese, French and Portuguese. Versions in English, French and Spanish were previously available.

The report summarises international cigarette package health warning requirements by country/jurisdiction, including both Parties and Non-Parties to the WHO FCTC. The report is an update of a 2008 report which ranked 140 countries based on the size of the warnings on cigarette packages.

The 2010 report ranks 175 countries/jurisdictions based on warning size, and lists countries/jurisdictions that require picture-based warnings.

Read previous FCA article on the report here

Victory! UN agrees to NCD Summit taskforce

Thanks to FCA and NCD Alliance pressure, the UN will create a civil society taskforce for its summit on NCDs during 19-12 September 2011.

This is a great victory so thank you to everyone who took part in this action by sending a letter to heads of state calling for the taskforce. However, we need to pressure heads of government even further by asking them to appoint an NCD champion to work with the taskforce.

Please help us increase the pressure by sending a letter to your head of government. You can download a copy of the letter and more information here. The letter is also available in French and Spanish.

TC law protects Honduras from tobacco epidemic

Honduras' comprehensive tobacco-control law took effect earlier this week - helping protect its citizens from tobacco use, one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics.

Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP) joins international health advocates in congratulating Honduras for enacting the comprehensive law.

Health Canda releases tobacco package warnings

On 18 February, Health Canada released the full set of 16 exterior warnings, 8 interior messages, as well as 4 toxic emission messages for the side panel. 

These can now all be in seen on Health Canada's website:
English
French

Tobacco control events in parallel with women’s commission

A number of events related to tobacco use have been scheduled during the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. They include:

Free workshop - Working Our Rights Away: Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out

Bangladesh public transport goes smoke-free

All public transport vehicles in Bangladesh must display no-smoking signs or they will not be able to renew their licenses, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently announced.

BRTA made the announcement as a follow-up to a seminar in December on the importance of smoke-free public transport.