The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

South Africa kicks World Cup butt

Football is kicking butt at this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

That’s cigarette butts; as all stadium stands and areas around the pitch are smoke-free thanks to the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) move to enforce a smoke-free ban.

Syria bans smoking in public places

Syria is the first Arab state to instigate a ban on smoking in public places, which also includes the nargile or hubble-bubble (hookah or water) pipe.

As of last month, people are not allowed to smoke in restaurants, cafés, educational institutions, health centres, sports halls, cinemas and theatres, and on public transport.

World No Tobacco Day targets women

Global smoking rates amongst women are rising as the tobacco industry increasingly targets females through its marketing campaigns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO says that global rates of smoking amongst men have peaked, while rates amongst women are rising. Women are also a major target for the tobacco industry, which needs to recruit new users to replace smokers who will die prematurely (almost 50 per cent of current users) from tobacco-related diseases.

First global action plan to tackle NCDs

The first world summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will take place in 2011, leading the global health emergency one step closer to preventing millions of unnecessary deaths every year.

NCDs include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases – of which tobacco use is the most significant risk factor.

Australia to introduce plain cigarette packaging

Plain cigarette packages for Australia.Australia is the first country in the world to demand plain packaging for all cigarette products sold in the country.

By July 2012, the only thing seen on cigarette packages sold in Australia will be prominent graphic health warnings and the brand and product names in a standard colour, position, font style and size. This means no eye-catching industry logos, brand imagery, colours or promotional text.

Peru passes smoke-free law

Enclosed public spaces and work places will soon be smoke-free in Peru, thanks to a law that passed on 30 March 2010.

The new law also includes that heath warnings cover 50 per cent of tobacco products - instead of the current 30 per cent that covers the lower section of packs.

FCA calls for UN action

To further global tobacco control the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is calling on its members to urge their governments to support a special UN session (UNGASS) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Read on to find out how.

Urge Argentina to ratify the FCTC

Argentina is one of the key South American countries that have not yet ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Due to this, the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) has identified Argentina as a key target for 2010. 

INB-4 ends without final agreement

The Intergovernmental Negotiating Body on a Protocol on Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products' fourth session (INB-4) ended without final agreement, but Parties did make some significant progress.

Parties agreed important provisions to control the supply chain for tobacco products, including a tracking and tracing system for cigarettes and other products as well as a licensing system for manufacturers and others involved in the tobacco trade.

FCTC fifth anniversary makes public health history

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco control (FCTC), which celebrates an important milestone in public health history.

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is pleased with the FCTC’s global impact.  Already, 168 out of 195 eligible parties have joined the treaty through ratification or accession, and more are set to join.