The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Global tobacco control efforts lagging

Efforts to combat the global tobacco epidemic are falling behind despite strong progress in some countries, according to a new Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) report.

The report, Tobacco Watch, focuses on a few key tobacco control measures required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and its release coincides with the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the FCTC (COP-4), held in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

FCA director Laurent Huber said there were reasons to be both concerned and optimistic for the FCTC’s future.

“On the plus side, we have seen many countries banning smoking in public places and mandating graphic health warnings on tobacco packages,” Huber said.

“At the same time, the number of Parties that have failed to implement key treaty provisions shows a general lack of resources dedicated to tobacco control, even among developed countries that should have resources available.”

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