The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Malaysia releases GATS results

Malaysia has released its Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) results, which highlight adult tobacco use, exposure to secondhand smoke and other tobacco control measures in the country.

While many countries conduct individual surveys to monitor adult tobacco use, the GATS survey provides a standard global survey for tracking tobacco use amongst adults (15 years and over) globally.

FCA's 2012 elections to begin early

FCA Director Laurent Huber WNTD 2011FCA Director Laurent Huber WNTD 2011By FCA Director Laurent Huber

As you know this is an exciting and busy year for the FCA. Because of our important COP5 priorities, the election cycle for the 7th General Assembly will begin early this year.

Three posts on the FCA Board of Directors will be contested in this year's election: a representative from the AMRO region, one from the SEARO region and one AT-LARGE Board Member (independent of any regional consideration).

FCA members honoured with WNTD awards

Congratulations to all those honoured this year with World No Tobacco Day awards by the World Health Organization.

The winners include these FCA members:

Western Pacific region

  • Korean Association on Smoking or Health, Republic of Korea

South-East Asia Region

Indonesian tobacco control regulations a positive step - SEATCA

Concert indonesia july10 anne jones the union CROPPED WebBillboard for a 2010 concert in Indonesia. (c) Anne Jones, The UnionTobacco control regulations recently announced by Indonesia are a move in the right direction but much more needs to be done, said The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on 23 April.

"It is not a stringent regulation in comparison to the region, but it is certainly moving in the right direction," the organisation said in a statement.

Particularly welcome are announced pictorial health warnings that will cover 40 percent of packages; however, that still leaves Indonesia lagging behind its neighbours in ASEAN, added SEATCA.

Helsinki to Singapore – personal observations on the World Conference

Chris Bostic launching TW FCAChris Bostic launching FCA's shadow report, Tobacco Watch, at the WCTOH. (c) FCA By Chris Bostic
Deputy Director, ASH (US)

I returned from Singapore at the end of March fired up.

The 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health had accomplished its main goal – to reinvigorate its constituency. This is vital, since in spite of our collective efforts since 1967 there are more smokers, more deaths and more children being addicted in 2012.

Even the 36 hours of travel to get home could not dampen my determination, and it gave me ample time to reflect on how this conference was a bit different than the previous ones in Helsinki and Washington (I missed Mumbai).

The four main aspects of the conference that stood out for me were:

Latest pictures: March - April 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 March and April 2012.

Declaration of the Latin American and Caribbean delegation to WCTOH 2012

24 March 2012

"... we call on all governments to take the following steps:
•         To those who have not yet done so (Argentina, El Salvador, Cuba, and Dominican Republic) ratify the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
•         For those who have ratified we urge you to apply public policies in line with the WHO FCTC and other international standards to guarantee the welfare and health of their countries.
•         We urge all governments to adopt policies for the implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC ensuring the exclusion of the tobacco industry from the negotiation of tobacco control policies, and ensure transparency and mechanisms for anti-corruption policies.

Read in full:

FCTC-related events at the World Conference

A number of FCTC-related activities are scheduled for the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

These include items on shadow reporting, tobacco and development, accelerating FCTC implementation, women and tobacco use, the draft illicit trade protocol and FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and let us know if you have updates.

Sri Lankan media trained on tobacco control

Sri lanka media training photoA model of Sri Lanka's future plain tobacco packages. (c) Nissanka WijeratneA two-day media training programme on reporting about tobacco control was held recently in Sri Lanka.

Organised by Jeewaka Foundation in collaboration with the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA) at the Sri Lanka Press Institute, Colombo, the training touched on a number of topics: