The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

UPDATE 2: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Dortmund Kills victory 280214Below is our latest update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014. 

Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

Groups call for tobacco tax hike in Dominican Republic

The impact of a tobacco tax increaseMedical institutions in the Dominican Republic have signed a manifesto that calls for an increase in tobacco taxes in the country.

The groups note that raising the price of tobacco products is recognised as one of the most effective ways to cut consumption of current tobacco users. It also discourages potential smokers, especially children and youth, from starting. 

“The next steps will be to work with legislators and to keep trying to raise awareness among decision makers, both public and private,” said Dr Sergio Diaz of the Primary Care Centre Juan XXIII in Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

Will COP6 be the last FCTC meeting for low-resource Parties?

Banner for COP3Preparations for the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) are well underway. This includes providing logistical support for all low- and lower-middle-income Parties, so that they can attend COP6.

But this could be the last COP for which such support is provided to 78 low-resource Parties – unless COP6 makes a decision on this matter. 

The fight to improve tobacco control in Jamaica – never give up!

By the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control

Jamaican school girl with a message, 2012.Eight years! That was how long it took Jamaica to adopt tobacco control regulations after ratifying the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). 

2005 was a good year for Jamaica: the FCTC was ratified, a series of progressive tax increases were levied on tobacco products, and draft tobacco control legislation was prepared. But for the next eight years there was limited progress on tobacco control in spite of the work of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and the Ministry of Health.

FCA is newest global partner of the NCD Alliance Steering Group

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) has become the third global partner of the NCD Alliance Steering Group. 

The NCD Alliance announced earlier this year it was expanding its governance structure to include a broader set of voices and representatives from the global non-communicable disease (NCD) community. 

Video: Help ensure the FCTC is highlighted in the UN's NCD Review

FCA needs your help to ensure that the outcome of the NCD Review next month includes implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

 Watch our video to learn more.

Learn how you can take action

We need to maintain strong support for tobacco control at NCD Review

 

On 10-11 July, member states will gather at the United Nations to take stock of the progress made since the NCD Summit in 2011, and to discuss what remains to be done. 

The Summit was a landmark because it recognized the importance of tobacco control in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for almost two-thirds of all global deaths.*

COP6 countdown: 4 months to go!

There are just under four months to go until the 6th session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties – 13-18 October. The provisional agenda, information about registration, travel support and other documents are now available on the WHO website

FCA General Assembly voting continues through 7 July 2014

The current FCA 9th General Assembly Election 2014 continues through Monday, 7 July 2014, 11:59pm EST.

This election will decide the following THREE posts on the FCA Board of Directors: