The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA’s shadow reporting expands

2010 was a success by many standards for Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) shadow reporting programme.

The global report Tobacco Watch was launched, and at the country level, national reports resulted in greater influence on policy making.

Caribbean coalition launches Get the Message

Caribbean civil society organisations have launched Get the Message, a campaign that uses text messaging, Facebook and other social media to build popular support for the NCD Summit.  

The campaign, by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, will focus on getting Caribbean residents to send messages from their mobile phones to show their support for the Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The aim is to pressure heads of Government in CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) to attend the Summit in New York on 19-20 September and to implement strategies to prevent NCDs and improve healthcare.

Nigerian Senate passes Tobacco Control Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a strong Tobacco Control Bill that should change the way tobacco is consumed in the country and the manner in which the tobacco business operates.

The bill will shortly go for a “reconciliation conference” of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then for presidential assent.

Early 2011 tobacco control images

Throughout the world our members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

The beginning of 2011 saw tobacco control advocates get involved with World Cancer Day, people in Bangladesh push tobacco packaging health warnings and smoke-free laws, and women in DRC learn about the link between cervical cancer and smoking.

Latin American coalition takes on NCDs

A new coalition of Latin American civil society organisations has joined forces to develop a declaration that recognises the grave impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.

More than 40 organisations make up the group – called the Healthy Latin American Coalition (HLAC).

FCTC launches implementation database

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat has launched its WHO FCTC Implementation Database.

The database stores Parties’ responses to the Secretariat’s official questionnaires relating to phase one (two years) and phase two (five years) following the entry into force of the FCTC in their country or region.

FCA Board of Directors elected

Please see below the results of the 2011 elections for the FCA Board of Directors. The expiry year of the board member's term is in brackets; all terms end on 31 December. 

Victory! UN agrees to NCD Summit taskforce

Thanks to FCA and NCD Alliance pressure, the UN will create a civil society taskforce for its summit on NCDs during 19-12 September 2011.

This is a great victory so thank you to everyone who took part in this action by sending a letter to heads of state calling for the taskforce. However, we need to pressure heads of government even further by asking them to appoint an NCD champion to work with the taskforce.

Please help us increase the pressure by sending a letter to your head of government. You can download a copy of the letter and more information here. The letter is also available in French and Spanish.

TC law protects Honduras from tobacco epidemic

Honduras' comprehensive tobacco-control law took effect earlier this week - helping protect its citizens from tobacco use, one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics.

Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP) joins international health advocates in congratulating Honduras for enacting the comprehensive law.