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):

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:

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:

Canadian province leads in tobacco package warnings

Tobacco control legislation adopted in the Canadian province of Quebec on 26 November sets one global precedent and is among world leaders in another measure.

The law, which strengthens existing legislation, will require the world’s largest minimum surface area for package warnings: 4,648 square millimetres (46.5 square centimetres).

Ukraine one step closer to larger package warnings after committee vote

Andrii_Skipalskyi, Chairman, Advocacy Center Life On 7 Oct 2015, the healthcare committee of Ukraine’s Parliament approved a draft law that calls for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco packages.

The law, based on a 2014 European Union directive, is staunchly opposed by the tobacco industry, whose representatives attended an intense committee session on 7 Oct. The measures in the draft law include:

Canadian provinces first in world to ban menthol flavouring


Flavoured tobacco sold in Nova Scotia before the ban. @GlobalNewsCanadian provinces are leading the world in prohibiting the sale of menthol-flavoured cigarettes and other tobacco.

Australian tobacco strategy targets industry

The Australian government plans to target tobacco industry interference, advertising and promotion, and cigarette affordability during the next six years.

The government announced these plans when it unveiled the National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2012-2018 on 2 January 2013.

Non-government organisations (NGOs) played a large role in helping create the strategy and will continue to play an integral part, says the strategy.

Brazil bans flavoured tobacco

Brazil flavours banned 250312Spicy Mix (blue) and Citrus Mix (yellow) flavoured tobacco in Brazil. (c) FCA.In a world’s first, Brazil has banned all flavours and additives in tobacco products throughout the country because they lure many young people into starting to smoke.

The new law requires the banning of all flavours, such as menthol, honey, cherry, tutti-frutti and chocolate, plus additives like ammonia, sweeteners, colours, vitamins and essential fatty acids.

African NGOs meet COMESA on Articles 9&10

 The African tobacco control NGO delegation outside COMESA headquarters.A delegation of African tobacco control Non Government Organisations (NGOs) recently met staff of a sub-regional government body to discuss its opposition to partial guidelines relating to tobacco control product regulation.

Under the auspices of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), the delegation met trade and public relations staff from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), at their headquarters in Zambia. This followed meetings with tobacco control focal points from the Zambian Ministry of Health and the local WHO office.