The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

TobaccoUnmasked at Sri Lanka observatory

CCT Director Mahesh RajasuriyaThe information portal for the newest tobacco control observatory, designed to inquire into and document tobacco industry interference in public health policy-making, opened in July in Sri Lanka. TobaccoUnmasked (tobaccounmasked.lk) is part of the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), which opened in 2016 at the University of Colombo, in Sri Lanka. We spoke to the CCT’s Director, Dr Mahesh Rajasuriya.

ECOSOC resolution challenges tobacco lobby

At first glance, tobacco control is one of the most successful fields in public health policy. Since 2003 there has been a unique international treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been embraced by almost every UN member state, and the dangers of smoking are undisputed.

Smokefree England: lessons learned over 10 years

Graphic showing public support for smokefree


By Deborah Arnott*

Like a lot of students I worked in a bar to help pay my rent. Not a bad job, it fitted in with my studies and was flexible. But what I didn’t like was getting home gone midnight, exhausted, with my hair and clothes stinking of tobacco smoke. I’d wake up the next morning and my sheets would smell of it too.

So years later, when I was recruited by ASH with the primary aim of getting legislation to prohibit smoking in enclosed public places, I wanted to make sure pubs, bars and clubs were included.

Civil society shaping tobacco control in the Caribbean

The cover photo of the Caribbean reportAround the world the challenges faced by tobacco control advocates are similar: accessing funding and other resources, influencing policy makers, the tobacco industry, the tobacco industry and the tobacco industry.

This is why it’s always useful to learn about routes that colleagues have taken to overcome these barriers. The Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) and the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) have recently published a document full of such experiences and advice, designed to assist those working in tobacco control and in the broader fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Smoking can increase risks caused by asbestos exposure

Graphic showing how mesothelioma affects lungs. 

By Emily Walsh*

Tobacco use is known to cause several illnesses, including various forms of cancer. The most common and well-known is lung cancer; however smoking tobacco can also lead to dangerous interactions with other toxins that can harm the lungs, like asbestos. Through dual exposure, this can lead to increased risk of developing serious health conditions.

Tobacco use in Africa still seen as health issue only – AFRO Coordinator

Tih Ntiabang, centre, during the debate on World No Tobacco Day.FCA’s AFRO regional coordinator, Tih Ntiabang, joined several public health organisations on World No Tobacco Day in calling on the European Parliament to scale up implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) globally as a way to ensure the success of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.  

Dates, location decided for FCTC COP8

The opening session of COP7, in Noida, India, 7 Nov. 2016The eighth session of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will be held 1-6 October 2018 at the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG).

Global South boosts co-operation for tobacco control

FCAers at the 'South-South' meeting.Improving co-operation globally to advance implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was the major focus of a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay from 8-10 May 2017.

The WHA actually talks about tobacco

FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson (right) with Dr Vera daCosta e Silva, head of the FCTC Secretariat,By FCA Executive Director Francis Thompson

Every May, the member states of the World Health Organization gather in Geneva to talk about issues in global health. The annual World Health Assembly (WHA) brings together dozens of ministers of health (at least for the first few days) and hundreds of health ministry officials.

Industry front group dumps Big Tobacco

FCA's Bulletin for Day 1 of COP6 in 2014.A global group that was instrumental in spreading tobacco industry misinformation about the effectiveness of tobacco taxation has rejected Big Tobacco after a civil society campaign to expose its agenda.