The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Proposal would keep tobacco taxes dangerously low

Graphic shows taxes rising, smoking droppingThe Eurasian Economic Commission is considering adopting a tobacco tax harmonization proposal through the (EEC). If adopted the tobacco tax proposal would leave prices of tobacco products in the region among the lowest in the world, keeping cigarettes cheap and plentiful for young smokers.

The proposal would also undermine all EEC countries’ strong support of FCTC Article 6 at this year’s COP, as well as Russia’s commitment to bring taxes on tobacco products in line with standards set in the Euro region, says a letter from FCA and partner organisations released 10 November 2014.

UPDATE 2: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Dortmund Kills victory 280214Below is our latest 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.

Sri Lanka to have graphic package warnings – finally!


After years of pressure from tobacco control advocates, and a series of court challenges since 2012, cigarette packages sold in Sri Lanka will have to carry graphic health warnings (GHWs) from 1 January 2015.

The final decision – that 60 percent of the back and front surfaces of all packages must be covered by GHWs – was made in a Supreme Court ruling on 11 July. 

1 billion deaths: time to get serious


Over 10 years ago, the world’s governments agreed a blueprint for fighting the tobacco epidemic: the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s time the world got serious about implementing it, says FCA Director Laurent Huber, in a new article.

Progress has been made, writes Laurent in the article in Cancer 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.