The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCAers worldwide preparing for COP7

FCA Pacific Islands Coordinator Annabel Lyman at pre-COP7 meetings in Fiji.FCA staff and members are busy making final plans for COP7 of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, to be held 7-12 November in New Delhi.

Beware ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns SEATCA

South-East Asian governments should be wary of recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns an FCA member organisation.

Released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC), the manual promotes the interests of the tobacco industry and should not be considered a tool to help governments, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Tobacco control in Uruguay after the industry lawsuit

FCA's Laurent Huber interviewed at COP4 in UruguayAs much of the world now knows, in 2010 Philip Morris International (PMI) sued the Government of Uruguay for its newest measures to reduce tobacco use.

The government had:

End deals with tobacco industry to curb smuggling in Europe


Tobacco companies are getting away with paying only a tiny fraction of the costs of smuggling in Europe based on deals they struck years ago to avoid prosecution. Those deals should end, says a new article in Tobacco Control journal.

World No Tobacco Day 2015

See some of the WNTD activities from our members globally:

This year's World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) theme is Stop Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products.

According to the World Health Organization, one in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal, making the illicit trade of tobacco products a major global concern from many perspectives, including health, legal, economic, governance and corruption.

Revised UK illicit trade strategy pledges crackdown on industry


“The tobacco industry is complicit in illegal trade. Smuggling is one of its business strategies,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a speech to the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Dr. Chan was not exaggerating. The tobacco industry has long been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco, and the problem has not disappeared.

Civil society, WHO, join hands to promote tobacco taxes in South-East Asia

A SEATCA graphic for World No Tobacco Day 2014.The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific. 

It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue. 

No evidence that tobacco control increased illicit trade in Latin America

By Eduardo Bianco* and Dardo Curti **

Tobacco control has progressed rapidly in Latin American (LA) countries in the last 10 years, but tobacco taxation policies have lagged.

Industry-INTERPOL deal signals challenges to illicit trade protocol

A recent agreement between tobacco industry giants and the world’s largest police organisation, INTERPOL, illustrates Big Tobacco’s zeal to manipulate the recently adopted protocol on illicit tobacco products.

In November 2012, Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted the protocol in order to combat the illegal trade in tobacco. At the heart of the ITP is a ‘tracking and tracing’ system for monitoring tobacco products from production to sales.