The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Is bigger better? There’s no doubt for tobacco warning labels

Health warnings labels in Urugay: 50% (old) and 80% (current)
An expert commentary on the global treaty, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

By Jim Thrasher*

Increasingly, countries that have already implemented pictorial health warning labels (HWLs) that cover up to 50 percent of tobacco packages are promoting, adopting, and implementing more prominent HWLs1.

Tiny Vanuatu approves world’s largest tobacco pack warnings

A 90% warning in Nepal. Vanuatu warnings are not yet available.Vanuatu has joined Nepal with the world’s largest graphic health warnings (GHWs) on tobacco packages, covering 90 percent of the pack surface. 

Officials in Vanuatu responsible for the measure say that they also considered implementing plain packaging (packages stripped of all branding, including logos and colours) but there was concern of threat of legal action by the tobacco industry as has been the case for other countries such as Australia. 

Uruguay’s victory also a win for the FCTC

A display on the harms of cigarette smoking at COP4 in Uruguay, 2010.By FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson*

The 8 July trade tribunal decision upholding Uruguay’s cigarette labelling requirements was widely celebrated by tobacco control advocates. Philip Morris, the claimant, lost across the board in its efforts to stop Uruguay implementing 80-percent health warnings and to keep selling multiple version of its flagship Marlboro brand.

World No Tobacco Day 2016 in the Pacific

Celebrating World No Tobacco Day in PalauMany Pacific Island countries were busy earlier this year getting ready to implement plain packaging, which was the theme for World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) 2016.

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.

Plain packaging makes progress on World No Tobacco Day

T-shirts in Palau for WNTDThe global tobacco control community celebrated World No Tobacco Day on 31 May. The theme was Getting Ready for Plain Packaging.

A number of important developments occurred to mark the day:

Monitoring tobacco packaging and labelling in South-East Asia

A new index is helping governments in South-East Asia strengthen implementation of tobacco packaging and labelling in their countries.

Released by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, (SEATCA) the Tobacco Packaging and Labelling Index evaluates how countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) implement recommendations from Article 11 guidelines of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

France and UK join Australia as plain packaging leaders

Plain cigarette Packs 2016Congratulations to France and the UK, which on 20 May 2016 join Australia as countries that have adopted plain packaging for tobacco products.