The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA member wins World No Tobacco Day award

Lutgard Kokulinda (centre) accepts the WNTD 2010 award – on her left is Tanzania’s minister for health and right is the WHO country representative.The World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum’s (TTCF) executive director Lutgard Kokulinda with its World No Tobacco Day 2010 award.

Honduras officially approves tobacco control law

A Tobacco Control law is official in Honduras, and will enter into force during February 2011, announced the country’s government in its newspaper on 21 August 2010. Once the law enters into force, authorities will have six months to regulate it.

The announcement was made just a few days after the Honduran president’s official residence in Tegucigalpa was declared smoke-free. Since then, other bodies of the government have also declared smoke-free areas.

Maldives opts for tobacco control

The Maldives has adopted a Tobacco Control bill - bringing the country one step closer to implementing its WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) obligations. The bill must be implemented by 18 August 2011.

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) South-East Asia co-ordinator Shailesh Vaite said the bill would serve as an instrument for the people of the Maldives to protect themselves against death and disease caused by tobacco.

Honduras approves tobacco control law

The Honduran National Congress has approved a tobacco control law to protect people in Honduras from one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics – tobacco use.

The new law includes smoke-free environments; 80 per cent graphic warnings; bans on tobacco promotion; cessation programs; bans on internet and mail-order sales; and alternative tobacco crops for farmers.

First global action plan to tackle NCDs

The first world summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will take place in 2011, leading the global health emergency one step closer to preventing millions of unnecessary deaths every year.

NCDs include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases – of which tobacco use is the most significant risk factor.

FCA calls for UN action

To further global tobacco control the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is calling on its members to urge their governments to support a special UN session (UNGASS) on non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Read on to find out how.

FCTC fifth anniversary makes public health history

Today marks the 5th anniversary of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco control (FCTC), which celebrates an important milestone in public health history.

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is pleased with the FCTC’s global impact.  Already, 168 out of 195 eligible parties have joined the treaty through ratification or accession, and more are set to join.

World Cancer Day brings message of hope

This year World Cancer Day (WCD) 2010 brings a positive message that some cancer can be prevented.

Today is WCD (4 February 2010) and it aims to promote the message that around 40 per cent of cancers are potentially preventable, and that humanity has more knowledge than ever about how to control cancer.

Focus on Kenya for Judy Wilkenfeld award

Rachel KitonyoThe Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) will award Kenyan Rachel Kitonyo with its Judy Wilkenfeld award for International Tobacco Control Excellence. The awards will take place in Washington DC on May 6.

In a country where 12,000 people die a year from tobacco related illnesses, CTFK president Matthew Myers said Kitonyo’s dedication and leadership in helping to reduce tobacco use in Kenya and throughout Africa made her a highly deserving recipient of the award.