The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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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Latest pictures: May - August 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 from June to August 2012. Click the picture to read the caption.

May-August 2012 Slideshow

  • Cambodia's first smoke-free sport

    Cambodia's first smoke-free sport

  • Outsourcing addiction

    Outsourcing addiction

  • Davos_citytour


  • CHILE: smoking education

    CHILE: smoking education

  • NZ clamps down on Big Tobacco

    NZ clamps down on Big Tobacco

  • Australia's plain packaging

    Australia's plain packaging


Kenya takes steps to improve tobacco taxation

By Vincent Kimosop, Clara Mwanthi and Emma Wanyonyi, International Institute for Legislative Affairs

Kenya signed and ratified the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in June 2004, committing itself to implementing a number of measures, including putting in place tax and price policies targeted at reducing demand for tobacco products.

Subsequently, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act 2007, which provides that the Minister of Finance shall, amongst other things, "implement tax and price policies on tobacco and tobacco products so as to contribute to the objects of the Act" (section 12). Those objects include protecting the health of Kenyans, especially those below the age of 18.

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).