The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Strengthening the tobacco control treaty on the ground

When governments established the working group (WG) on sustainable measures for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2012, FCA immediately started advocating for sufficient resources so that the WG could hold meetings and take other action required to address its mandate.

FCA coordinator at Americas Summit

FCA Regional Coordinator Eduardo Bianco, far left. Taken from news video.FCA Regional Coordinator for the Americas, Eduardo Bianco, was one of the civil society leaders invited to a roundtable with Uruguay's President Tabare Vazquez, US President Barack Obama and Costa Rica's President Luis Guillermo Solis in Panama City on 10 April 2015.

The roundtable preceded the Summit of the Americas.

FCA’s AFRO coordinator working with university to monitor tobacco industry

 

FCA Coordinator for AFRO, Tih NtiabangImplementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in most sub-Saharan Africa countries has been slow, largely due to tobacco industry interference. That was the finding of a survey of FCTC Parties included in the 2012 WHO progress report on FCTC implementation.

Tobacco control ‘hot spots': plain packs

Global map of plain packaging, 2015Suddenly it seems that we’re hearing monthly about a country that intends to go down the route of mandating plain packaging of tobacco products.

$1trillion and other tobacco price tags

Death and disease come to mind first when thinking about the harm caused by tobacco. One billion people will die this century due to tobacco use, unless urgent action is taken. But tobacco also imposes enormous economic costs.

Fact Sheet: Costing action, and inaction, on tobacco control

An effective strategy to get the attention of all units of a government is to calculate the cost to the economy associated with the tobacco epidemic and compare this figure with the cost of implementing policies and programmes to address it.

Improving how governments track progress on global tobacco control

At their last meeting on global tobacco control, the world’s governments recognised that more needs to be done to assess how well they are putting in place the measures they committed to as Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC): what progress has been achieved, where Parties lag behind and on which areas they need to focus.

What’s in the Bloomberg, Gates litigation fund?

Most of us have seen the headlines: Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates have teamed up to create a fund to help countries fight challenges by the tobacco industry. What about the details?

According to a press release, the Anti-Tobacco Trade Litigation Fund will be available for low and middle-income countries to dispute lawsuits filed against them by the tobacco industry using international trade agreements.

Revised UK illicit trade strategy pledges crackdown on industry

 

“The tobacco industry is complicit in illegal trade. Smuggling is one of its business strategies,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan in a speech to the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Dr. Chan was not exaggerating. The tobacco industry has long been involved in the illicit trade of tobacco, and the problem has not disappeared.

Plain packs in 2016 for the UK!

standardised pack official uploadThe UK will become the first country in Europe and second country in the world to implement plain, standardised packaging of tobacco products.

The move follows Australia’s lead: that country implemented plain packaging in December 2012.