The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Smoking declines in Ukraine

 

An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free lawDaily smoking prevalence has decreased for both men and women in Ukraine, according to a survey carried out in October.

Prevalence for men declined almost 3 percent (from 45% to 42%), and for women 2 percentage points (from 11 to 9%), found the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, working with “Advocacy Center LIFE”, an FCA member.

The results also show that the average maximum retail price, written on the packs of cigarettes increased from 8.95 Ukrainian Hryvnia in February 2013 to 12.21 UAH in October 2014.

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.

Proposal would keep tobacco taxes dangerously low

Graphic shows taxes rising, smoking droppingThe Eurasian Economic Commission is considering adopting a tobacco tax harmonization proposal through the (EEC). If adopted the tobacco tax proposal would leave prices of tobacco products in the region among the lowest in the world, keeping cigarettes cheap and plentiful for young smokers.

The proposal would also undermine all EEC countries’ strong support of FCTC Article 6 at this year’s COP, as well as Russia’s commitment to bring taxes on tobacco products in line with standards set in the Euro region, says a letter from FCA and partner organisations released 10 November 2014.