The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco use hinders development in many ways

Many people now know that tobacco use is the world’s number one cause of preventable death, responsible for over 6 million deaths each year. Thus, the link between tobacco use and the health goal* included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is no surprise. 

The ‘plain packs’ battle in the UK – lessons learned

By Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health

In 2010 a new coalition government came to power in Britain, committed to reducing the overall burden of regulation. By January 2014 it had already abolished or simplified 800 regulations, with 2,200 more due for the same treatment before it left office in spring 2015.

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.

UN mission to Congo highlights importance of tobacco taxation


Members of the UN missionPolicy on tobacco taxation was a focus of a United Nations mission that visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in July.

Development community: Time to include tobacco control

With more than 80 percent of smokers living in the global South, people working in tobacco control recognize the links between tobacco, poverty, and development. “It is surprising and disappointing to see how many people working in development do not see these links,” says Sonja von Eichborn, director of

Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.

The government had:

Tobacco control at risk as trade talks continue

Negotiators from 12 countries are meeting in Hawaii at the end of July in an attempt to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment agreement. As of this writing, the fate of two proposals on tobacco is unknown.

Tobacco control update from the Pacific Islands


WNTD celebrated in FijiFeatured in this issue of the newsletter from FCA, Pacific Islands:

* Activities to mark World No Tobacco Day 2015;

*Four innovative projects that received Healthy Islands recognition from the World Health Organization and;

UPDATED: 2015 ‘hot spots'

More than halfway through 2015 the hot spots map has changed considerably. 

FCA and partners celebrate recognition of key role of tobacco taxation

FCA and other global public health groups welcome the recommendation from world leaders that governments increase tobacco taxes as a key strategy to reduce tobacco consumption and the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).