The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Long struggle produces tobacco control law in Gabon

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.

So many deaths, so little money

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.

Global tobacco control to 2014

The fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was held in November 2012.

Parties adopted important decisions, including:

  • The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products;

Latest pictures: May - August 2013

FCA Latest Pictures: May - August 2013

  • Delhi


    HealthBridge and HRIDAY organise a consultation during May 2013 to encourage stakeholders to advance NCD prevention and control for national development. © HRIDAY

  • Japan


    31 May 2013: JSTC awards film “Tada convenient store by a railway station” with its WNTD Dirty Ashtray award. (c) JSTC

  • Ghana


    13 June 2013, Ghana: A WHO employee awards VALD representatives for their work towards tobacco control and FCTC implementation. © VALD

  • Philippines


    2 July 2013, Philippines: Over 13,000 people attempt the world's largest No Smoking sign © George Tapan and SirChief TourGuide Joey Salceda

  • Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka

    Homagama locals walk through the town educating people about going smoke free @ADIC

  • New Delhi

    New Delhi

    23-26 July 2013: FCA delegates with representatives of Parties and the FCTC secretariat at the SEARO FCTC Implementation Workshop in New Delhi (c) SEARO

  • Peru


    31 July 2013, Peru: Regional workshop about tobacco control and legal resource use. Pictured are FCA representatives from Central and South America.

  • Thailand


    1 August 2013: Thai youth urge tobacco companies to withdraw a lawsuit against Thailand's Ministry of Health over new health warnings © P. Sitta

FCA members get busy all over the globe from Africa and South America to countries in Asia.

South-East Asia takes stock of FCTC implementation

By Dr Mira Aghi

In late July, countries in WHO's South-East Asia region gathered to review progress towards fulfilling their obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and to identify emerging threats and opportunities.

At the gathering in New Delhi, 23-26 July, Parties discussed in detail various time-bound commitments, including smoke-free spaces, tobacco package warnings and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Victory for public health still elusive in Trans-Pacific trade deal

By Chris Bostic
Deputy Director for Policy, ASH (US)

For those concerned about the conflict between trade and tobacco control, negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have been a key battleground over the past several years. That fight is nearing its end, as negotiators rush to find common ground on myriad disagreements in order to finalize the treaty by the end of this year. One of the questions remaining is whether to treat tobacco as the unique product that it is.

WNTD in the Western Pacific

By Annabel Lyman
FCA Pacific Island Countries Coordinator

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognises individuals or organisations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. There were six awardees in the Western Pacific region this year including the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

Jamaica seeks allies against Big Tobacco

Jamaica’s health minister is calling on supporters at every level to back the country’s upcoming tobacco control legislation.

“When it takes place, I will be calling upon PAHO (the Pan American Health Organization) and other institutions for support because we are up against a very powerful industry and it is going to require allies, local and international, in going forward,” said Dr. Fenton Ferguson on June 14.

More countries integrating FCTC into legal systems

At least 51 jurisdictions have now incorporated the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control into their legislation, according to a paper recently published in the journal Tobacco Control.

In addition, courts in at least 27 jurisdictions have now referenced the FCTC in decisions.