The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA members vigilant on World No Tobacco Day

FCA members globally marked World No Tobacco Day with an array of activities, as you'll see in the photo slideshow below. But they also had to respond to the tobacco industry's attempt to subvert the Day's theme: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

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Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) was the theme of the World Health Organization’s WNTD 2013. TAPS drives the industry’s marketing, which constantly aims at hooking a new generation of smokers to replace the roughly six million people who die each year from tobacco use.

In Jamaica, The Heart Foundation of Jamaica/Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control spent WNTD responding to a press release from local tobacco company Carreras Ltd.

Will Ireland overtake UK in tobacco control?

The UK could be about to lose its top ranking for tobacco control measures in Europe as Ireland steals the limelight following its decision to proceed with standardised packaging for tobacco. 

In a press release for World No Tobacco Day (31 May), FCA member ASH predicts that unless the UK decides to proceed with standard packs, Ireland will replace it as #1 in tobacco control among the 27 EU member states.

"The UK had the chance to become the second country in the world to introduce standard tobacco packaging but is now lagging behind as Ireland takes the lead," said ASH Chief Executive, Deborah Arnott.

Latest pictures: 2013 March/April

  • Harvard tobacco conference

    Harvard tobacco conference

    5 March 2013: Harvard University’s Governance of Tobacco in the 21st Century conference concludes that one billion deaths from tobacco are a key obstacle to global development. Find out more about the conference’s outcomes

  • Keep Spain smokefree

    Keep Spain smokefree

    6 March 2013: A grassroots movement in Spain launches a global campaign to defend the country's smoke-free law called Don't Touch the Law. Find out more...

  • Tobacco advertising in Dakar

    Tobacco advertising in Dakar

    7-8 March 2013: Tobacco advertising at point-of-sale in Dakar taken during FCA shadow report training. (c) FCA, Tih Ntiabang. More on the training...

  • APACT preconference in Japan

    APACT preconference in Japan

    16 March 2013: Some Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco (APACT) preconference delegates get together before the conference begins in Japan from 18-21 August 2013. © Japan Society for Tobacco Control

  • Congratulations Thailand!

    Congratulations Thailand!

    12 March 2013: Thailand announces its move to have the world's largest graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. Find out more...

  • Save our farmers

    Save our farmers

    13 March 2013: SEATCA and its partners launch in Bangkok, Thailand © SEATCA

  • Protobex protest

    Protobex protest

    20 March 2013: SEATCA and tobacco control advocates hit the streets to protest the international tobacco exhibition Protobex Asia 2013, which took place in the Philippines during March. © SEATCA

  • Protobex protest

    Protobex protest

    20 March 2013: New Vois Association of the Philippines takes part in the protest rally against the PROTOBEX Exhibition held in the Philippines. © New Vois

  • Bangladesh smokefree water vessels

    Bangladesh smokefree water vessels

    30 March 2013: Twenty public transport water vessels in the Daulatdia ghat, Rajbari district in Bangladesh are declared smokefree by the district’s authority. © Tamak Birodhi Jote Bata

  • TC in Niger

    TC in Niger

    29 March 2013: The Opening of the Information Day on Tobacco Control and Economic and Social Development, organised by SOS Tabagisme Niger with financial support from HealthBridge Foundation, on in Niamey, Niger.

  • FCA Annual Report

    FCA Annual Report

    1 April 2013: FCA releases its 2012 Annual Report. Download it here...

  • Smokefree petition

    Smokefree petition

    8 April 2013: The Japan Society for Tobacco Control (JSTC) submits a petition about smokefree legislation to the chief of the Yamanashi prefectural assembly in Japan. © JSTC

  • FDA prohibit menthol

    FDA prohibit menthol

    12 April 2013: Tobacco Control Legal Consortium attorneys and a university representative hand deliver a petition to the US Food and Drug Administration urging it to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterising flavor in cigarettes.

Our members get busy all over the globe from the US and Europe to Africa and Asia.

Find out what they got up to by watching the image slideshow below. Click on the image for more information.

Greetings from the new FCA Board of Directors

(The following are excerpts from a longer letter sent to FCA members on 20 March 2013 by the new Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance)

Despite the fact that there will not be a meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body or the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2013, the year ahead of us is going to be challenging for FCA. This is not only because of the sizeable workload to be accomplished between COP5 and COP6 in 2014, but also because of the challenges that we face as an Alliance.

Parties' payments to the FCTC: reasons for optimism

Opening plenary 290312 TihIt has been almost two years since the status of Parties' mandatory payments (also known as voluntary assessed contributions or VACs) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has been regularly uploaded on the official website. Has the public exposure of unpaid bills made any difference? In general, many Parties remain in arrears, but there are some positive stories to be shared.

When FCA highlighted the status of VACs for the first time in August 2011, the numbers did not look good. Forty-one FCTC Parties had never paid their contributions to the Convention and another 41 were in arrears.

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.