The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Industry 'scream-o-meter' rising in SE Asia

Some of the tobacco industry 'screams' documented by SEATCAAs governments move to implement more tobacco control measures in South-East Asia the tobacco industry's propaganda machine is revving up, notes the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA). 

Coalition opposed to plain packaging has many ties to tobacco industry


An "international coalition" seeking publicity worldwide of its opposition to plain packaging of tobacco products is actually an alliance of free-market organizations with numerous ties to the tobacco industry.

Almost all of the 47 organizations that signed a letter sent to World Health Organization Head Margaret Chan are members of the Atlas Network, a US organisation whose mission is "to litter the world with free-market think-tanks", and which has received funding from tobacco giant Philip Morris.

Battling Big Tobacco’s propaganda on plain packaging

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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.