The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Exposed – industry reps as COP5 delegates

When the COP broke into committees A & B this week, the public was excluded to keep out the tobacco industry. However, was the industry truly excluded?

Here is a quick audit of the industry’s interference at COP 5.

Governments must challenge Big Tobacco

This week, a European association of tobacco growers called UNITAB will be holding their 33rd Congress in Budapest, Hungary. This is one of several tobacco growers’ association events this year organised to attempt to undermine a lifesaving global public health treaty, which could save 200 million lives if fully implemented by 2050.

Corporate Accountability International (CAI) is calling on the Hungarian government and governments around the world to stand strong in their efforts to address the tobacco epidemic and condemn this global misinformation campaign. To learn more, read the full CAI press release.

Regional tobacco control alliance condemns Manila tobacco growers conference


The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has condemned the international tobacco conference to be held in Manila (25 September 2012), warning of industry "deception" and "misinformation" that could be designed to mislead tobacco farmers into baseless panic and insecurity.