The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

No free trade for cigarettes

Health advocates in Southeast Asia are hoping negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will acknowledge tobacco products as harmful and the cause of disease and death.

There are 125 million smokers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and tobacco related deaths are the top killer. Sadly, these deaths are preventable. Of the 11 countries negotiating this new free trade agreement, during March 4-13, four are from the ASEAN region – Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Read the full South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance press release.

Latest pictures: 2013 January/February

2013 got off to a busy start for global tobacco control.

Watch the image slideshow below to see what happened. Click on the image for more information.

Yul Dorotheo new Chair of FCA Board

Yul 150pxFCA would like to congratulate Ulysses ('Yul') N. Dorotheo, representative from the Western Pacific (WPRO) region, for his election as the new chair of the FCA Board of Directors, on 28 January.

The other officers elected are:

  • Vice Chair – Luk Joossens AT-LARGE member from the European (EURO) region
  • Treasurer – Melodie Tilson AT-LARGE member from the Americas (AMRO) region
  • Secretary – Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki AT-LARGE member from the African (AFRO) region.

2012 in pictures


Another busy year for tobacco control and the FCA. Among the usual tobacco control challenges, we also experienced many successes!

We've created an image slideshow to highlight these moments. Those bright spots included:

  • INB5 negotiations on an Illicit Trade Protocol on Tobacco Products (ITP) produced a draft protocol to fight the global trade in illicit tobacco;
  • World No Tobacco Day took on Big Tobacco;
  • Australia adopted plain packaging, and
  • COP5 adopted the ITP and agreed to create working groups on liability and on sustainable measures to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC.

Watch the image slideshow above to view more highlights from this year. Click on the image for more information.

Thank you for supporting FCA at COP5!

Francis Luk Laura COP5FCA staff and members meet during COP5.By FCA Chair Paula Johns

I would like to extend our thanks to all those who contributed to the the vital work of FCA at COP5. Your hard work and support helped achieve a number of favorable outcomes, including:

COP5: strong outcomes for implementation of global tobacco control

COP5-Day1-MargaretChan-Reception Geoff Fong webWHO Director-General Margaret Chan speaks on Opening Day. (c) Geoffrey Fong.By FCA Policy & Advocacy Director Francis Thompson

The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) held its fifth session in Seoul, Korea, 12-17 November 2012. There were a number of important developments, both in adopting new policy guidance for the 176 Parties to the FCTC and in discussing how to speed up implementation.

On the policy side, the highest-profile decision was the adoption of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade (commonly referred to as the ITP). This new treaty, which has been under formal negotiation since 2008, will come into force once it has been ratified by 40 Parties, a process which may take several years. A comparatively small amount of money ($350,000) was set aside in the 2014-15 budget for preparing the first Meeting of the Parties to the ITP, with the Convention Secretariat being mandated to raise further money to prepare implementation.

COP5 in pictures

Take a look at all the highlights from the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 12–17 November 2012.

The FCA was there as FCTC Parties stood firm against relentless efforts by the tobacco industry to steer them away from adopting measures that would tackle the tobacco epidemic. Delegates also took last-minute decisions that will spare millions of people globally from death due to tobacco use.

Latest pictures: September - October 2012

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control.

View the slideshow to see what our members got up to during September and October 2012. Click the picture to read the caption.


What is the Death Clock?


People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

The Death Clock keeps a running tally of how many people have died from tobacco related diseases since 28 October 1999. That’s the date of the first meeting of the working group on the future World health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) unveiled the Death Clock at every session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) until INB5, which finalised the draft of a protocol on illicit trade in 2012.

The Clock continues ticking on the FCA website as well as on the sites of other organisations that have 'adopted' the symbol.

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