People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 11 April 2014
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.
- Published on 26 March 2014
European 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.
- Published on 20 February 2014
Smoking 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.
- Published on 11 February 2014
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.
- Published on 14 January 2014
In his role as Executive Director of ASH (US), Laurent described the tobacco epidemic in the global context on Your Health Matters, a programme of Rowan University radio.
“Overall there’s an understanding of the problem, and I think there’s a willingness to act, but there’s a lack of awareness across the whole of government,” said Laurent.
- Published on 11 December 2013
In this video, FCA members describe the important role that the Alliance plays at meetings of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), especially the Orchid and Ashtray awards in the FCA Bulletin.
- Published on 26 November 2013
Congratulations to the three FCA members who will begin terms on the Alliance's Board of Directors in January 2014! They were chosen during the election that ended on 7 Nov.
Fouad Fouad will begin his second term as FCA director for the WHO's Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region; Issah Ali will sit as director for the Africa (AFRO) region, and Mônica Andreis will hold an At-Large position.
- Published on 13 November 2013
A local non-governmental organisation is celebrating after five years of struggle resulted in the Government of Gabon adopting its first tobacco control law in October.
The campaign began when the Mouvement Populaire pour la Santé, with support from WHO, FCA and others, began advocating for the West African nation to ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It succeeded on 20 February 2009, when Gabon became a Party to the treaty.
- Published on 15 October 2013
Tobacco use kills six million people each year. Sadly, resources spent on tobacco control are in no way commensurate with the death and disability caused by this product.
Since negotiations on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) started in 1999, funding for global health has climbed from US$9.9 billion to $28.1 billion in 2012 (measured in 2010 US dollars). Virtually none of this money has gone to tobacco control: countries spend from $0.001 to $1.00 per person annually on FCTC implementation, and the annual budget of the FCTC Secretariat is less than $10 million.