The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Plain packs proliferating

Global map of tobacco plain packaging, 2017

Plain packaging has been adopted in 8 countries and is under consideration in at least 15 other jurisdictions, a major increase from less than one year ago.

On 1 July, Norway joined Australia, France and the UK as countries that have implemented plain packs. Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand and Slovenia have all set dates for the measure, starting with Ireland on 30 Sep 2017.

TobaccoUnmasked at Sri Lanka observatory

CCT Director Mahesh RajasuriyaThe information portal for the newest tobacco control observatory, designed to inquire into and document tobacco industry interference in public health policy-making, opened in July in Sri Lanka. TobaccoUnmasked (tobaccounmasked.lk) is part of the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), which opened in 2016 at the University of Colombo, in Sri Lanka. We spoke to the CCT’s Director, Dr Mahesh Rajasuriya.

ECOSOC resolution challenges tobacco lobby

At first glance, tobacco control is one of the most successful fields in public health policy. Since 2003 there has been a unique international treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been embraced by almost every UN member state, and the dangers of smoking are undisputed.

Tobacco use in Africa still seen as health issue only – AFRO Coordinator

Tih Ntiabang, centre, during the debate on World No Tobacco Day.FCA’s AFRO regional coordinator, Tih Ntiabang, joined several public health organisations on World No Tobacco Day in calling on the European Parliament to scale up implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) globally as a way to ensure the success of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.  

Global South boosts co-operation for tobacco control

FCAers at the 'South-South' meeting.Improving co-operation globally to advance implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was the major focus of a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay from 8-10 May 2017.

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.

Industry front group dumps Big Tobacco

FCA's Bulletin for Day 1 of COP6 in 2014.A global group that was instrumental in spreading tobacco industry misinformation about the effectiveness of tobacco taxation has rejected Big Tobacco after a civil society campaign to expose its agenda.

Civil society exposes industry tax campaign in Bangladesh

A press conference organised by PROGGA and the Anti-Tobacco Media Alliance on 8 MayAs budget season nears, Bangladesh cigarette makers are attempting to enlist the government’s National Board of Revenue (NBR) in a campaign to highlight the danger of cigarette smuggling, which companies say results from raising tobacco taxes.