The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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

Getting ready for World No Tobacco Day

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2016 is Get Ready for Plain Packaging!

We asked our members and other groups working for global tobacco control to send us pictures showing how they are getting ready for plain packaging in 2016.

Take a look at what they are doing below.

Learn more about World No Tobacco Day

Studies are conclusive: plain packaging of tobacco works

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An expert commentary on the global tobacco control treaty,  the WHO FCTC

By Karine Gallopel-Morvan *
Tobacco use kills nearly six million people every year worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.1 In response to this pandemic, WHO developed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), a comprehensive treaty with 180 Parties.2

FCAers laud European court decision on tobacco control measures

European Court of Justice decisionFCA members are applauding a European Court of Justice decision on 4 May that dismisses the tobacco industry’s challenge of the measures in the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

The measures come into force on 20 May 2016 and include:

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.

World No Tobacco Day 2016

poster-baby-ULWorld No Tobacco Day takes place every year on May 31.

The theme for 2016 was Get Ready for Plain Packaging.

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

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: