The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Health warnings growing globally

CCS report 250pxLarge picture health warnings on tobacco packs are becoming a global trend, a new Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) report has found.

The report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status, found there had been tremendous progress internationally in implementing package warnings.

Tobacco control community lauds "comprehensive" French plan

French Health Minister Marisol TouraineTobacco control advocates in France are enthusiastic about the new plan to fight smoking announced by the government on 25 September.

“It’s a comprehensive plan with real ambition, including strong and innovative measures,” said Yves Bur, president of the Alliance Against Tobacco.

Advocating health and post-2015 goals at the UN General Assembly

Remarkable progress has been made in accelerating the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at global and regional levels since the 2011 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs.

Tobacco industry cannot claim to be 'responsible’

SEATCA CSR report2It’s obvious that the core activities of the tobacco industry contradict corporate social responsibility (CSR) but tobacco companies continue using international CSR standards to report their activities and increase their public profiles, finds a new report.

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).