People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- June 25, 2014
On 10-11 July, member states will gather at the United Nations to take stock of the progress made since the NCD Summit in 2011, and to discuss what remains to be done.
The Summit was a landmark because it recognized the importance of tobacco control in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for almost two-thirds of all global deaths.*
While implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has not progressed as fast as hoped since the Summit, at a meeting last week many panellists and colleagues emphasized the importance of tobacco control and FCTC implementation.
There was strong support at the hearing for including the FCTC and tobacco control in the outcomes document that will result from the NCD review and assessment.
We need to build on the support shown at last week’s civil society hearing.
We encourage FCA members, and other supporters, to advocate with officials in your countries so that they are committed to including tobacco control and the FCTC in the outcomes document.
FCA needs your help to ensure that the outcome of the NCD Review next month includes implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Watch our video below to learn more.
Specifically, we are calling on Member States to adopt the following commitments:
- Accelerate implementation of the FCTC, including substantially increasing tobacco taxes and establishing national tobacco tax targets;
- By 2015 develop costed national multi-sectoral plans to achieve the NCD national targets, in particular the target of reducing tobacco use prevalence by 2025;
- Commit to allocating sufficient human, technical and financial resources to implement key tobacco control measures based on the WHO costing tool developed in 2011; and
- Urge the FCTC Conference of the Parties to review progress towards achieving a target of a 30 percent reduction in tobacco use prevalence and towards achieving all tobacco control related indicators, in order to provide guidance to the UN Secretary-General for inclusion in all progress reports to the General Assembly.
* Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to four major NCDs: cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes.
Webcast of civil society hearing: