The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

What is the Death Clock?


People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

The Death Clock keeps a running tally of how many people have died from tobacco related diseases since 28 October 1999. That’s the date of the first meeting of the working group on the future World health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) unveiled the Death Clock at every session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) until INB5, which finalised the draft of a protocol on illicit trade in 2012.

The Clock continues ticking on the FCA website as well as on the sites of other organisations that have 'adopted' the symbol.

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#4 Gallege Punyawardana 2015-10-20 01:55
Dear Editor,
I doubt,if we can hang on to population
increase. most part of our exercise was to stop new people getting hooked to smoking.
Do you really expect people would distract themselves when tobacco comes in plain packages,We have already been doing a bit of advertising cigarettes in plain packages
#3 Joseph 2014-10-03 09:03
How can i place the death clock on my website?Is there a way?
#2 FCA editor 2014-07-16 18:08
It's a good question, Gallege. The number of people forecast to die this century from tobacco use - 1 billion! - is truly frightening.

In part, that's because of global population increase, but at the same time there are promising innovations in tobacco control such as plain packaging.

And of course, if Parties to the FCTC would just put in place the measures that they are obligated to implement, the Death Clock would slow.
#1 Gallege Punyawardana 2014-07-04 00:56
I am wondering whether we should rethink of our exercise in tobacco control for more than a decade when we note that the phase of running of the Death Clock is not slowing