The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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. 

FCA engages to spark civil society in Madagascar

A media camera captures an interviewLocal activists pledged to unite in support of tobacco control and to fight tobacco industry interference in Madagascar, following a three-day leadership training. 

“We would like to assure you that a tobacco control network shall see the light in the coming weeks in Madagascar,” said Mr. Haja Ramamonjisoa, president of Ny Sahy, a civil society organisation in the municipality of Antananarivo.

UPDATED: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below is a recent update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014. 

Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

SEATCA index on tobacco industry interference featured

 
The journal Tobacco Control has given a thumbs-up to a new index to measure tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia.

UK issues new rules to embassies on support to tobacco industry

UK diplomats must avoid a long list of actions that could be seen to support the tobacco industry, according to new instructions from their government.

The 'guidance' was issued on 6 March 2014, two years after ASH-UK revealed that the UK Ambassador to Panama was lobbying his government on behalf of British American Tobacco (BAT).

Tobacco control ‘hotspots’ in 2014

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below are some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2014.

Six of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

ASEAN: Far to go to prevent tobacco industry interference - report


A report released on 1 Feb 2014 on tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia comes to a sobering conclusion: “Countries still have a long way to go in implementing FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines.”

The guidelines are 8 recommendations (and 34 sub-recommendations) on how Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should implement Art. 5.3, to prevent industry interference in policy making.

Tobacco industry challenge continues to delay Sri Lanka's warnings

By Dr. Olcott Gunasekera*
President, Sri Lanka National Federation on Smoking or Health

Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Hon. Maitripala Sirisena, took a bold step in 2012 by announcing mandatory pictorial health warnings to cover 80 percent of the total area of a packet, package or carton of cigarettes. The effective date of implementation was 12 November 2012, which was later extended to 1 March 2013.