The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

COP7 decisions: an overview

FCA identified three interlinked implementation-related priorities for COP7 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC):

Global demand for cigarette graphic warnings grows

Over 100 countries and territories now require cigarette picture health warnings, marking a significant milestone in global public health that will reduce smoking and save lives.

FCAers worldwide preparing for COP7

FCA Pacific Islands Coordinator Annabel Lyman at pre-COP7 meetings in Fiji.FCA staff and members are busy making final plans for COP7 of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, to be held 7-12 November in New Delhi.

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.