The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Monitoring team thwarts tobacco industry interference in Uganda

A specially trained team of tobacco control advocates has prevented the tobacco industry from getting a suggested tobacco tax increase in Uganda reduced.

The Ministry of Finance had proposed increasing Uganda’s excise tax duty on cigarettes by 45.5 percent in the 2013-14 budget. When the matter was discussed in Parliament’s Finance Committee, the industry submitted a petition calling for an increase of just 11.4 percent.

New Kosovo law combats tobacco industry interference

On 26 April, the President of Kosovo signed a comprehensive tobacco control law that includes the strongest protections in the world to date against tobacco industry interference in policy-making. Those measures are based on Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The law incorporates nearly all measures in Guidelines to implementing FCTC Art 5.3. They apply to the whole of government and will be enforced by the national Anti-Corruption Agency. The measures include:

FCA members take on big tobacco during WNTD 2012

FCA members around the world took action against big tobacco during WHO’s World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which targeted tobacco industry interference.

During WNTD, members exposed the industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.

View the slideshow to see what our members did for WNTD. Click on an image to see its caption.


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Tobacco use driving NCDs in Africa

men smoking200pxTobacco use is helping drive NCDs in Africa (c) ZACATobacco use is a main factor driving non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly in Africa, according to outcomes from a multi-stakeholder dialogue hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The tobacco industry’s negative influence on policy making, and weak implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control were cited as some of the main challenges to stemming tobacco consumption.