The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

COP7 decisions: an overview

FCA identified three interlinked implementation-related priorities for COP7 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC):

FCA print and video resources for COP7

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COP7 is just weeks away and the list of FCA resources keeps growing.

Four months till COP7!

Handing out the FCA daily Bulletin at COP6The seventh session of the Conference of Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is just four months away. COP7 will take place 7-12 November 2016, in New Delhi.

Big step taken toward linking tobacco and human rights

Tobacco control advocates at human rights hearingFormal recognition of the link between tobacco and human rights has moved closer in the Americas thanks to a hearing on 5 April that featured tobacco control advocates.

World No Tobacco Day 2016

poster-baby-ULWorld No Tobacco Day takes place every year on May 31.

The theme for 2016 was Get Ready for Plain Packaging.

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Ukraine hikes tobacco tax again

Tobacco control activists demonstrate in Ukraine on World No Tobacco Day 2015The Government of the Ukraine continues to push up the rate of excise taxes that it levies on tobacco products.

The latest hike of 40 percent, as of 1 Jan. 2016, follows on three increases in 2015 that totalled 40 percent. It should result in prices increasing generally by 20-25 percent, according to the NGO Advocacy Center LIFE, a member of the Framework Convention Alliance.

New Secretariat for FCA

New FCA Executive Director, Francis ThompsonCanada’s HealthBridge Foundation is the secretariat for FCA as of 1 January 2016.

The move comes as former FCA Policy Director Francis Thompson takes over as FCA's new Executive Director from Laurent Huber, who successfully led the Alliance for more than a decade. Laurent continues to lead ASH (US).

East Africa corruption just the start for BAT, say FCA members


FCA members in Africa and Asia say allegations of corruption by British American Tobacco in East Africa should prompt investigations into the company’s conduct elsewhere.

The BBC-TV programme Panorama reported on 30 Nov. that BAT illegally bribed politicians and civil servants in East Africa to undermine anti-smoking legislation.

Civil society cheers Philip Morris loss on Australia's plain packaging

Example of plain packagingCivil society groups on Friday cheered news that Philip Morris had lost its latest challenge to Australia's laws requiring plain packaging of tobacco products.

The company claimed the laws violated trademark provisions in an Australia-Hong Kong investment agreement, but a tribunal ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case.