The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control Successes

FCA awards an Orchid on each day of meetings of the FCTC Conference of the Parties, to praise an FCTC Party that has worked to advance negotiations. Ashtrays are awarded to Parties that obstruct proceedings.

The awards are published on the final page of FCA’s daily Bulletin, and are one of the most popular features of the paper.

This web page highlighting advances in global tobacco control is named after the Orchid award.

More

  • Watch a video about the impact of the Orchid and Ashtry awards here.
  • See Bulletins from all the FCTC meetings here.

 

Civil society shaping tobacco control in the Caribbean

The cover photo of the Caribbean reportAround the world the challenges faced by tobacco control advocates are similar: accessing funding and other resources, influencing policy makers, the tobacco industry, the tobacco industry and the tobacco industry.

This is why it’s always useful to learn about routes that colleagues have taken to overcome these barriers. The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) have recently published a document full of such experiences and advice, designed to assist those working in tobacco control and in the broader fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The WHA actually talks about tobacco

FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson (right) with Dr Vera daCosta e Silva, head of the FCTC Secretariat,By FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson

Every May, the member states of the World Health Organization gather in Geneva to talk about issues in global health. The annual World Health Assembly (WHA) brings together dozens of ministers of health (at least for the first few days) and hundreds of health ministry officials.

Indian network challenges official OK for CSR by tobacco industry

A multi-faceted campaign by a tobacco control organization has put the brakes on a plan to permit so-called ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) activities by the tobacco industry in India.

Advocates gets tobacco industry rep. removed as speaker at UN meeting

Quick action by tobacco control advocates resulted in a representative from Japan Tobacco International (JTI) being dropped as a speaker at a meeting on investment policy hosted by the United Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

Tiny Vanuatu approves world’s largest tobacco pack warnings

A 90% warning in Nepal. Vanuatu warnings are not yet available.Vanuatu has joined Nepal with the world’s largest graphic health warnings (GHWs) on tobacco packages, covering 90 percent of the pack surface. 

Officials in Vanuatu responsible for the measure say that they also considered implementing plain packaging (packages stripped of all branding, including logos and colours) but there was concern of threat of legal action by the tobacco industry as has been the case for other countries such as Australia.