The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Uruguay’s FCTC Knowledge Hub holds first meeting

Montevideo, Uruguay during COP4, 2010.By Eduardo Bianco
FCA Director, Americas

Uruguay’s FCTC knowledge hub is a potential “gold mine” for development of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. 

NCDs and tobacco control to feature at regional WHO meetings

Now that the global commitments and infrastructure are in place to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs), countries need to focus on implementing specific interventions at regional and country levels. 

UPDATE 2: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Dortmund Kills victory 280214Below is our latest update of some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA is watching in 2014. 

Many of them concern challenges from the tobacco industry to governments’ attempts to protect public health by implementing tobacco control measures. These occur at the national level (in courts) as well as in the international arena.

Groups call for tobacco tax hike in Dominican Republic

The impact of a tobacco tax increaseMedical institutions in the Dominican Republic have signed a manifesto that calls for an increase in tobacco taxes in the country.

The groups note that raising the price of tobacco products is recognised as one of the most effective ways to cut consumption of current tobacco users. It also discourages potential smokers, especially children and youth, from starting. 

“The next steps will be to work with legislators and to keep trying to raise awareness among decision makers, both public and private,” said Dr Sergio Diaz of the Primary Care Centre Juan XXIII in Santiago, Dominican Republic. 

Will COP6 be the last FCTC meeting for low-resource Parties?

Banner for COP3Preparations for the sixth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) are well underway. This includes providing logistical support for all low- and lower-middle-income Parties, so that they can attend COP6.

But this could be the last COP for which such support is provided to 78 low-resource Parties – unless COP6 makes a decision on this matter. 

UN states reaffirm that tobacco control is key to fighting NCDs


“Tobacco use alone costs the world 1-2 percent of its GDP each year,” Helen Clark, administrator of the United Nations Development Program told the UN’s NCD Review on 11 July. We are happy to report that UN Member States took that message to heart, and renewed their commitment to accelerate implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (see the outcome document). 

Sri Lanka to have graphic package warnings – finally!


After years of pressure from tobacco control advocates, and a series of court challenges since 2012, cigarette packages sold in Sri Lanka will have to carry graphic health warnings (GHWs) from 1 January 2015.

The final decision – that 60 percent of the back and front surfaces of all packages must be covered by GHWs – was made in a Supreme Court ruling on 11 July. 

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.

FCA is newest global partner of the NCD Alliance Steering Group

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) has become the third global partner of the NCD Alliance Steering Group. 

The NCD Alliance announced earlier this year it was expanding its governance structure to include a broader set of voices and representatives from the global non-communicable disease (NCD) community. 

Video: Help ensure the FCTC is highlighted in the UN's NCD Review

FCA needs your help to ensure that the outcome of the NCD Review next month includes implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

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