The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Celebrating 10 years of smoke-free Uruguay

Cigarettes and ingredients at a meeting of the WHO FCTC tobacco control treaty in Uruguay, 2010.

By Dr Eduardo Bianco*

Uruguay is celebrating 10 years as a smoke-free (SF) country in 2016. When it banned smoking in public spaces and workplaces a decade ago, it became the first county in the Americas, and only the fourth in the world, to do so.

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.

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.

Kenyan civil society battles on

A campaign in favour of the regulationsEven as they await a crucial court ruling scheduled for 10 July, activists in Kenya continue to fight for tobacco control measures to be put in place.

The High Court is set to rule this week on whether the Kenyan Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) can become a party to the tobacco industry’s petition against proposed new regulations.

ASEAN tobacco control atlas released


ASEAN Tobacco Control AtlasSmokers in the South-East Asian region (ASEAN) start smoking on average before they are 20, the latest Tobacco Control Atlas has found.

The fight to improve tobacco control in Jamaica – never give up!

By the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control

Jamaican school girl with a message, 2012.Eight years! That was how long it took Jamaica to adopt tobacco control regulations after ratifying the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). 

2005 was a good year for Jamaica: the FCTC was ratified, a series of progressive tax increases were levied on tobacco products, and draft tobacco control legislation was prepared. But for the next eight years there was limited progress on tobacco control in spite of the work of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and the Ministry of Health.

Dutch court first to find that global tobacco treaty can trump national law

By the International Legal Consortium, CTFK

Hotels, restaurants and cafes had been smoke-free in The Netherlands since July 2008. In July 2011, a new decree came into force that exempted small cafes with an area of less than 70 square metres from the smoke-free provision. CAN, a public health NGO, sued the government, claiming the exemption violated Art 8(2) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The suit also claimed the exemption violated Recommendations of the Council of the European Union, and principles of anti-discrimination, equal treatment, prohibition of arbitrariness and legal certainty. The lower court found CAN's arguments groundless and dismissed the case. But on 26 March, the Court of Appeals of The Hague overturned the lower court's judgment, invalidated the exemption, and ordered the government to enforce the law in full.

We'd like to share some reflections on the importance of this case.

Dutch court's recognition of FCTC smoke-free measure encouraging

WNTD2012 Netherlands MPs Petition STIVORO WEBSTIVORO delivers a petition to Dutch MPs on World No Tobacco Day 2012. (c) STIVOROBy Dr Dewi Segaar
Director, STIVORO

On 26 March, the Dutch appeals court ruled that small cafes with no employees cannot be exempt from a ban on smoking. Based on Article 8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its guidelines, the decision marks a very welcome turn for tobacco control in the Netherlands, after some tough years that led to an increase in smoking prevalence in 2012.