The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Latest pictures: January-February 2012

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 during January and February 2012.

Tunisian President receives FCA letter

Tunisian pres receives FCA letter-Frédéric Pfyffer  RTS

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (centre) receives a letter from the FCA. Left: Anouar Gharbi, president of the NGO Association droit pour tous; Right:Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament and Director of CIPRET-Genève. (c) Frédéric Pfyffer, RTS

 

A letter from the Framework Convention Alliance was hand-delivered to the interim president of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, in early January 2012.

The letter congratulated the leader for his election in December. It also warned about attempts by the tobacco industry to strengthen its influence in the northern African country following the revolution of January 2011.

Advocates’ role grows as Vietnam finalises tobacco control law

The first draft of Vietnam’s tobacco control law was prepared by legal experts in the ministry of health who had little knowledge of tobacco control.

It was very weak, says Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Country Director of the Vietnam office of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) HealthBridge. For example, “the smoke-free provisions included many exemptions”, she says on a recent trip to Ottawa for the HealthBridge annual meeting.

Congratulations to Luther Terry Award winners

FCA would like to congratulate all of the winners of the Luther Terry Award, FCA members and partners alike:

Distinguished Career

Welcome new FCA Board members!

The election for the Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance ended on 29 November 2011 with the election of three members.

Prof. Elif Dagli was elected to the EURO regional seat, Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo was elected to the WPRO regional seat and Melodie Tilson was elected to the At-Large seat. 

November & December 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 were busy with in November and December 2011.


 

FCTC consistent with human rights – article

Tobacco control and human rights are “not in conflict but are mutually reinforcing”, according to an article published in the International Journal of Law in Context.

The article was written by Oscar A. Cabrera and Lawrence O. Gostin. It covers topics such as human rights provisions in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the right to access information, smoke-free places, and bans on advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

"Given the tobacco industry's efforts to capture more consumers in developing countries, states need to intervene to protect the human rights of their citizens against the negative effects that these strategies will have on their health, life and standard of living," write the authors.

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.