The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Canada, Hungary latest additions to global plain packs map

Much has happened since we published the first plain packs map in April 2015.

Canadian province leads in tobacco package warnings


Tobacco control legislation adopted in the Canadian province of Quebec on 26 November sets one global precedent and is among world leaders in another measure.

The law, which strengthens existing legislation, will require the world’s largest minimum surface area for package warnings: 4,648 square millimetres (46.5 square centimetres).

Event provides push toward a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025


In 2013, Ministers of Health from the Pacific island countries (PICs) set an ambitious goal of a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025. While the PICs have made great progress in tobacco control recently, including adopting tax increases, establishing smoke-free spaces, enacting packaging and labelling laws, and establishing regulations for licensing, creating a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025 will be tough.

81x more tobacco marketing in poor countries

Cigarette kiosk in SenegalPeople living in poor countries were exposed to 81 times more tobacco advertisements than those in high-income countries, found a research report released on 1 December.

Chad has Africa's largest pack warnings

New tobacco pack warnings in ChadChad now has the largest graphic health warnings on tobacco packages of any country in Africa. Warnings must cover 70 percent of the front and back of packs. 

The packs were on retail shelves the week of 23 November 2015. 

How civil society influenced TPP negotiations over tobacco

On 5 October 2015 the world’s largest trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was signed. It includes 12 countries and applies to roughly 40 percent of the world’s economy. Notably, sections that limit governments’ powers to regulate products have been specifically exempted in the case of tobacco as a result of intense lobbying by civil society*.

Civil society unites to boost fight against killer diseases


Civil society groups from around the world have pledged concrete steps in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs*).

Meeting in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 13-15 November, the Global NCD Alliance Forum pledged, among other actions, to:

Dutch court loss produces a win

Image: Youth Smoking Prevention FoundationA court in the Netherlands has denied a civil society suit against the government for its contacts with the tobacco industry, but the action produced a new policy that lays out rules for future interactions.

Smoke, and win a trip


British American Tobacco (BAT) is enticing consumers in Democratic Republic of Congo with a possible trip to Brussels if they buy the company's Stella brand of cigarettes.

Posters announcing the contest are plastered throughout the city of Goma, reports FCA member Safe Environment and Enhanced for All (S.E.A.) in a letter to DRC's Minister of Health.

World’s largest health warnings

Cigarette package in Thailand with graphic health warningThe list of countries where tobacco packages have the world's largest graphic health warnings has changed, reports the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). See the list below.

In addition, effective 20 May 2016, all 28 European Union countries will have to require picture warnings covering 65 percent of the package front and back.

For a more comprehensive ranking of 198 countries/territories as of Sept. 2014, see the list here.