The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Tobacco industry interference in Africa

FCA Director Laurent Huber was interviewed by Jody Nkashama of Radio Okapi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in March.

They discussed tobacco industry interference, particularly in Africa.

Open letter to PMI CEO

Dear NATT friends,

Corporate Accountability International, joined by allies like the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and REAL, just got back from the Philip Morris International shareholders' meeting, so I wanted to update everyone on what we set out to do, what we accomplished, and some highlights from the actions that we organized. 

World health leaders attack tobacco industry

The theme for this year’s World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is industry interference. WHO member states created WNTD in 1987 to draw attention to the preventable death and disease caused by the tobacco epidemic.

Tobacco industry threats to governments implementing the tobacco control measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are growing stronger. Like the governments of Norway and Australia, which the tobacco industry is targeting for legal action, countries in the developing world are also under attack.

Resources for World No Tobacco Day 2012

Tobacco industry interference is this year’s theme for the World Health Organization (WHO) World No Tobacco Day, which takes place on 31 May.

The day will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry's brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Below are resources prepared by FCA for advocacy around the Day, in English, French and Spanish. We've also listed resources from WHO, FCA members and others.

This video outlines the industry’s tactics to undermine global tobacco control efforts, and how countries are fighting back. This video is also available in Spanish and French.



US business threatens New Zealand over tobacco reduction efforts

Several prominent US business organisations are threatening retaliation against New Zealand if it introduces plain tobacco packaging.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) President Matthew Myers says this threat is appalling, and sends the wrong message globally about the priorities of American businesses, which oppose life-saving measures and instead support an industry whose products kill people.

Read on for the full CTFK press release.

Preparedness and perseverance secure strong tobacco control law in Costa Rica

CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March. (c) RENATABy Patricia Sosa, Director, Latin America programs, CTFK

On 22 March 2012, President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica signed into law comprehensive tobacco control legislation, including strong smoke-free policies, advertising and marketing bans, pictorial warning labels and a higher tobacco tax.

Tobacco control legislation was first introduced into Costa Rica's National Assembly in 2009. At that time, the bill contained the strongest tobacco control language to date in Latin America.

Netherlands’ minister denies intensive contact with industry

Anti-smoking groups, MPs and doctors are pressuring the Netherlands’ health minister to clarify her contacts with the tobacco industry.

The pressure stems from a TV documentary called Minister for Tobacco, which features interviews with pro-smoking campaigners, tobacco industry lobbyists and emails sent by the minister Edith Schippers. This showed Schippers had ‘intensive’ contact with the tobacco industry since she became an MP in 2003.