The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

‘Hot spots’ FCA is watching this year

Global tobacco control hotspots, 2015Below we describe some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2015. Please let us know about others, and about any developments concerning these issues.

Media highlights FCA's letter to Indian Government on package warnings

Excerpt quoting FCA Director Laurent HuberFCA's letter of support urging the Indian Government to resist tobacco industry lobbying against new packaging rules has been highlighted in the Indian media. 

The FCTC turned 10 on 27 Feb 2015

WHOFCTC 10 logo 600px

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) turns 10 on 27 Feb 2015.

Besides celebrating this anniversary with the 180 Parties to the treaty, it’s also a time to recommit to fighting the devastating health, social, economic and environmental consequences of tobacco and tobacco use.

Norway next for plain packs?

Norway's health minister announced on 9 February that the government will start public consultations on plain packaging of tobacco products at the end of the month.

FCA welcomes new World Health Organization Director for Africa

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Director AfricaFCA would like to welcome Dr Matshidiso Moeti as the new Director of the World Health Organization's office in Africa ('AFRO'). 

During her leadership in the Ministry of Health in Botswana, the country was among the first in the world to introduce a tobacco control law.

Tobacco Litigation: A milestone is reached in Canada

Cynthia Callard
Association pour la santé publique du Québec

The recent conclusion of a twinned trial of two class action suits in the Canadian province of Quebec demonstrates how governments can support the implementation of Article 19 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with law reforms and administrative support.

Congratulations Eduardo!

Eduardo BiancoFCA’s Regional Director for the Americas, Eduardo Bianco, has been awarded the Luther L Terry Award for Exemplary Leadership in Tobacco Control.

The award is presented annually by the American Cancer Society and is named for the late US Surgeon General who led the 1964 report that linked tobacco use to long cancer and other illnesses.

FCA joins Action/2015 push for global health measures

FCA is joining hundreds of global organisations in launching the Action/2015 campaign to call for health measures (including tobacco control) to be included in the new global goals for human development.

In joining the Action/2015 campaign FCA released a video (below) stressing that health must become a global priority.

Farewell Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley

Two prominent tobacco control advocates Dr Nigel Gray and Prof Anthony Hedley have passed away, and the FCA pays tribute to them.

2015 crucial for the future of the FCTC and tobacco control

 

FCA Director Laurent Huber speaks at the United Nations.On 8 December, two dozen FCAers from around the world came together virtually to discuss the importance of 2015 for putting tobacco control on the global development agenda. The webinar featured four speakers, who addressed topics including the recent UN Secretary-General’s synthesis report on the new development goals.