The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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:

FCA staff will be active at 15th WCTOH

FCA staff will be involved in numerous activities at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

To date, these include items on shadow reporting, accelerating FCTC implementation, the draft illicit trade protocol, FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and please check back soon for updates.

States stress 2012 deadline for NCDs targets

At the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (‘NCD Summit’) last September world leaders agreed to develop targets for tackling NCDs, as well as a monitoring framework, by the end of 2012. To meet this deadline, it was expected that proposals would have to be agreed at the 65th meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012.

Latest pictures: January-February 2012

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

Click an image below to see what our members got up to during January and February 2012.

Tunisian President receives FCA letter

Tunisian pres receives FCA letter-Frédéric Pfyffer  RTS

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (centre) receives a letter from the FCA. Left: Anouar Gharbi, president of the NGO Association droit pour tous; Right:Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament and Director of CIPRET-Genève. (c) Frédéric Pfyffer, RTS


A letter from the Framework Convention Alliance was hand-delivered to the interim president of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, in early January 2012.

The letter congratulated the leader for his election in December. It also warned about attempts by the tobacco industry to strengthen its influence in the northern African country following the revolution of January 2011.

Advocates’ role grows as Vietnam finalises tobacco control law

The first draft of Vietnam’s tobacco control law was prepared by legal experts in the ministry of health who had little knowledge of tobacco control.

It was very weak, says Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Country Director of the Vietnam office of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) HealthBridge. For example, “the smoke-free provisions included many exemptions”, she says on a recent trip to Ottawa for the HealthBridge annual meeting.

Congratulations to Luther Terry Award winners

FCA would like to congratulate all of the winners of the Luther Terry Award, FCA members and partners alike:

Distinguished Career

Welcome new FCA Board members!

The election for the Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance ended on 29 November 2011 with the election of three members.

Prof. Elif Dagli was elected to the EURO regional seat, Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo was elected to the WPRO regional seat and Melodie Tilson was elected to the At-Large seat.