The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Act now: the FCTC must be recognised as essential to fighting NCDs


The Political Declaration of the 2011 United Nations NCD Summit
 called for accelerating implementation of the tobacco control treaty, yet an early draft of the document that will be produced at a review of the NCD Summit in July entirely omits the treaty. This must change!

FCA and partners hold workshop on tobacco taxation in Chile


Chile’s Congress is considering a significant increase in tobacco taxes after a workshop organized by FCA and partners to mark World No Tobacco Day 2014. 

Raising tobacco prices is recognised as one of the most effective tobacco control measures.

Chile has put in place measures to reduce tobacco use in recent years, including adopting a new tobacco control law in 2013, but prices are still comparatively low, and adult and youth tobacco consumption remains the highest in Latin America. 

1 billion deaths: time to get serious


Over 10 years ago, the world’s governments agreed a blueprint for fighting the tobacco epidemic: the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s time the world got serious about implementing it, says FCA Director Laurent Huber, in a new article.

Progress has been made, writes Laurent in the article in Cancer Control.

UPDATED: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below is a recent 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.

Unacceptable – global coordination on NCDs omits the FCTC!

Global coordination of efforts to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is important. But it should not duplicate already existing processes, such as the discussions and governance on tobacco control, which take place at the sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Unfortunately, as it stands now, this could happen!

Meetings over, working groups finalise reports for COP6

FCAers at an FCTC working group meeting, 2012.

 

With the meeting in early April of the Working Group on Sustainable Measures to Strengthen Implementation of the WHO FCTC, this cycle of meetings of working, drafting and expert groups has come to an end.

 

Good and bad news noted at EURO meeting on FCTC implementation

Point of sale display in PragueEuropean Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control delivered good and bad news at this week’s regional meeting on implementation. 

 On one hand, they reported that national parliaments are increasingly likely to block proposed tobacco control measures as lobbying by the tobacco industry accelerates.

Smoking drops among Dutch kids, youth

Advocates present Dutch MPs with a petition on World No Tobacco Day 2012.Advocates present Dutch MPs with a petition on World No Tobacco Day 2012. (c) STIVOROSmoking among Dutch children and adolescents (under age 20) fell greatly between 2012 and 2013, from 11 percent daily smoking in 2012 to 9 percent in 2013, according to recent data.

A spectacular drop in daily smoking was seen among 16-year-olds: from 23 percent to 12 percent. The data comes from the Dutch Youth Smoking Monitor of the Trimbos Institute.

Pacific trade deal: US attorneys back Malaysia’s proposed ‘carve out'


By Chris Bostic

Deputy Director of Policy, ASH (US)

On 27 January, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman requesting that tobacco products be exempted from all trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) now being negotiated.

The letter is direct and well-reasoned, but perhaps the most exciting aspect is the number of signatures – 45 individual attorneys general.