The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

WTO panel cites FCTC in trade dispute

For the first time, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution panel has pointed to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as evidence of the scientific merit of a public health regulation.

While the case did not centre on the FCTC or on the question of how trade law relates to it, the decision is seen as significant by legal scholars.

Neither Indonesia nor the United States, the two parties to the dispute, are Parties to the FCTC.

October 2011 tobacco control pictures

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control.

Click an image below to see what our members got up to in October.

Sourcing funds for health promotion

Find out how countries can benefit from sustainable funding for health promotion through the latest report from the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT).

The report, titled Lessons Learned in Establishing a Health Promotion Fund, also outlines how tobacco taxes can provide the  source for a promotion fund, and how to set up and utilise funds effectively.

Take Action to follow up the NCD Summit

By FCA Director Laurent Huber

Exactly one month ago, an important milestone in the global acknowledgement and response to  non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including tobacco use as one of its key risk factors, was achieved by Member states adopting a Political Declaration at the UN High-level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs in New York.
 
While civil society around the world celebrated the outcome of the HLM, it is critical now to rigorously follow up with governments on their commitments made, particularly on tobacco control.

FCA member gets huge Canadian grant for tobacco control research

Professor Geoff Fong has received a C$7.4 million operating grant for the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project). The ITC is an FCA member.

The five-year grant (2011-16) is the largest ever rewarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It builds on a $3.88 million grant awarded for the ITC in 2005.

The project studies the impact worldwide of tobacco control policies in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in order to provide evidence to policy makers.

Data from tobacco survey in Poland released

The first public use dataset of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Poland, 2009-2010 has been released.

GATS is a component of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS), of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It provides a global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use, and tracks key tobacco control indicators.

European Union provides €5.2 million for tobacco control

The European Commission (EC) made a significant contribution to global tobacco control Thursday, announcing a €5.2 million (US$7 million) grant to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The money will be used mainly for needs assessments in low and middle-income countries "to help these countries to fully implement the FCTC and to better integrate tobacco control policies into their national health programmes and strategies", according to an EC news release.

NCD Summit: encouraging outcomes

By FCA Director Laurent Huber

I had the privilege of attending the UN Summit this week, where I listened to heads of state and high-level government representatives make statements recognising the need for action on NCDs and their risk factors – many of which specified tobacco and the FCTC.

Again and again we heard that NCDs are a development issue that needs a multi-sector, whole of government approach.

Lebanon adopts tobacco control law

After five years of effort, Lebanon on Wednesday adopted a tobacco control law.

The law includes a full ban on smoking in all public places, a ban on all forms of ads and sponsorships, health warnings covering 40 per cent of both sides of cigarette packages and a maximum 20 percent of hotel rooms set aside for smokers.


Activists from Indy-ACT play soccer in front of Lebanon's Parliament in 2010 to symbolise how lawmakers were 'playing games' with tobacco control legislation. (c) Indy-ACT

It also promotes joint participation of the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Interior, municipalities and civil society in order to ensure effective implementation of the law.