The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Battling Big Tobacco’s propaganda on plain packaging


In an effort to block plain packaging laws coming into force across the world, the tobacco industry keeps pedalling propaganda about links to rising amounts of illicit tobacco.

Pictured: HMRC's estimate of the size of the illicit tobacco market in the UK, plotted alongside the price of a pack of 20 cigarettes (in 2014 GPP). The illicit market has consistently fallen at a time when tobacco prices have increased

Greetings from the Chair of the FCA Board

By Maxime Compaore

FCA Board Chair, Maxime Compaore I'm proud and excited to be Chair of the FCA Board at this crucial time in the life of our organisation, of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and of global tobacco control in general.

With the development phase of the treaty coming to an end we now turn our attention to ensuring that its proven, effective and cost-effective measures are implemented fully so that we can begin to reverse the tide of the tobacco epidemic.

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

The first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control was launched in Brazil on 1 April.

The long road to Graphic Health Warnings in the Philippines

By Ulysses Dorotheo, MD, FPAO*New graphic health warnings in the Philippines.

Based on the three-year compliance deadline for Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Philippines should’ve implemented effective health warnings on packages by September 2008. Nearly eight years later, graphic health warnings have finally arrived.

Kenyan court rejects industry challenge

The Kenyan High Court has rejected a challenge of the government’s new tobacco control measures by tobacco industry giant British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited.

New tobacco control law: Little to celebrate in Germany

German president at a tobacco industry event, 2014.By Johannes Spatz and Dieter Eichinger
Forum Rauchfrei, Germany

On February 25th the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a bill implementing the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD 2) in Germany. There is little doubt that the federal states will give their required consent on March 18th.

2016 global tobacco control Hot Spots

Many new hot spots have flared up in global tobacco control in 2016; others remain from last year.

There are two recurring themes:

NGOs gear up to accelerate FCTC implementation in The Gambia

Workshop organised by RAID - The Gambia FCAers in The Gambia have launched a two-year project aimed at accelerating sustainable implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the West African country.