The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

New Secretariat for FCA

New FCA Executive Director, Francis ThompsonCanada’s HealthBridge Foundation is the secretariat for FCA as of 1 January 2016.

The move comes as former FCA Policy Director Francis Thompson takes over as FCA's new Executive Director from Laurent Huber, who successfully led the Alliance for more than a decade. Laurent continues to lead ASH (US).

East Africa corruption just the start for BAT, say FCA members


FCA members in Africa and Asia say allegations of corruption by British American Tobacco in East Africa should prompt investigations into the company’s conduct elsewhere.

The BBC-TV programme Panorama reported on 30 Nov. that BAT illegally bribed politicians and civil servants in East Africa to undermine anti-smoking legislation.

Civil society cheers Philip Morris loss on Australia's plain packaging

Example of plain packagingCivil society groups on Friday cheered news that Philip Morris had lost its latest challenge to Australia's laws requiring plain packaging of tobacco products.

The company claimed the laws violated trademark provisions in an Australia-Hong Kong investment agreement, but a tribunal ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case. 

Event provides push toward a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025


In 2013, Ministers of Health from the Pacific island countries (PICs) set an ambitious goal of a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025. While the PICs have made great progress in tobacco control recently, including adopting tax increases, establishing smoke-free spaces, enacting packaging and labelling laws, and establishing regulations for licensing, creating a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025 will be tough.

How civil society influenced TPP negotiations over tobacco

On 5 October 2015 the world’s largest trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was signed. It includes 12 countries and applies to roughly 40 percent of the world’s economy. Notably, sections that limit governments’ powers to regulate products have been specifically exempted in the case of tobacco as a result of intense lobbying by civil society*.

JOB: Associate Director, International Research, CTFK

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids seeks an Associate Director of Research for the International Advocacy Resource Centre.

Pacific Islands newsletter #3, 2015

Read the latest tobacco control news from the Pacific Islands in the 3rd newsletter from 2015. Contents include:

To measure SDGs’ progress, UN should track tobacco affordability

 

As the United Nations (UN) tracks progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years, it will monitor countries’ efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)*.

FCA backs EURO plan to improve FCTC implementation

FCA was part of the discussions at the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe this week.

The Alliance supported the roadmap of actions to strengthen FCTC implementation in the European Region to make tobacco consumption history.