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.


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


Tonga ups tobacco tax to fight diseases

The Government of Tonga has announced it will increase excise tax on tobacco, and cut the amount of tobacco that arriving passengers can carry into the country.

"The new rates are part of the government's commitment to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by increasing the import rates of the unhealthy products," announced the Ministry of Revenue earlier this month, according to a media report.

Tobacco taxes funding health programmes in Latin America

CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March 2012. (c) RENATACosta Rica is the most recent Latin American country to dedicate money raised from tobacco taxes to tobacco control.

Taxes in Costa Rica rose 6.5 percent in the tobacco control bill that was signed into law in March 2012 after three years of struggle by tobacco control campaigners. The taxes will be increased regularly as the consumer price index (CPI) rises. 100 percent of the money will go toward tobacco control activities and health promotion.

Costa Rica joins Panama and Ecuador as countries in the region that dedicate tobacco taxes towards tobacco control.

Caribbean states adopt regional labelling standard

On 12 December 2012, Caribbean states adopted the Regional Standard for the Labelling of Retail Packages of Tobacco Products.

The Regional Standards meets the requirement of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a press release from the Secretariat from the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

Success! Seychelles approves graphic package warnings

The Seychelles government has approved new graphic health warnings on tobacco packages, which must cover at least 50 per cent of the package's front and back.

The regulation was formally published in the Official Gazette on 1 October 2012.

Success! Three years of advocacy helped produce tobacco control measures in Ukraine

All tobacco packages in Ukraine now have pictorial warnings on the front and back, following a new law which came into place 4 October 2012.

The law requires all tobacco packs to have pictorial health warnings that cover 50 percent of the back side, and text messages covering 50 percent of the front side. Previously, packs in Ukraine had a 30 per cent text message on both sides.

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