The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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).

 Watch our video to learn more.

Learn how you can take action

We need to maintain strong support for tobacco control at NCD Review


On 10-11 July, member states will gather at the United Nations to take stock of the progress made since the NCD Summit in 2011, and to discuss what remains to be done. 

The Summit was a landmark because it recognized the importance of tobacco control in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for almost two-thirds of all global deaths.*

COP6 countdown: 4 months to go!

There are just under four months to go until the 6th session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties – 13-18 October. The provisional agenda, information about registration, travel support and other documents are now available on the WHO website

FCA General Assembly voting continues through 7 July 2014

The current FCA 9th General Assembly Election 2014 continues through Monday, 7 July 2014, 11:59pm EST.

This election will decide the following THREE posts on the FCA Board of Directors:

Act now: the FCTC must be recognised as essential to fighting NCDs

The Political Declaration of the 2011 United Nations NCD Summit
 called for accelerating implementation of the tobacco control treaty, yet an early draft of the document that will be produced at a review of the NCD Summit in July entirely omits the treaty. This must change!

FCA and partners hold workshop on tobacco taxation in Chile

Chile’s Congress is considering a significant increase in tobacco taxes after a workshop organized by FCA and partners to mark World No Tobacco Day 2014. 

Raising tobacco prices is recognised as one of the most effective tobacco control measures.

Chile has put in place measures to reduce tobacco use in recent years, including adopting a new tobacco control law in 2013, but prices are still comparatively low, and adult and youth tobacco consumption remains the highest in Latin America. 

World No Tobacco Day 2014

Take a look at the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) image slideshow below to see how FCA members marked the day.

World No Tobacco Day 2014

  • Palau’s president signs a proclamation for WNTD2014.

  • Banners in the streets of Pakistan promote WNTD2014, organised by Coalition for Tobacco Control.

  • Cameroon Coalition Against Tobacco mark WNTD2014 in the capital Yaoundé.

  • Bangladesh PROGGA awards 5 Tobacco Control Journalism awards for WNTD2014.

  • Bangladesh Anti Tobacco Alliance demonstrate with symbolic tobacco products during WNTD2014.

  • Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. (left) and Kambes Kesolei at a WNTD2014 event in Palau. © Merkii Urmakl-Meek

  • Student volunteers distribute smoke-free stickers and smoke-free car stickers to mark WNTD2014.(c) ASH Thailand.

  • COLAT organises a march in Lima, Peru to pass a law for a ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

  • Hero supermarkets in Papua, Indonesia, agreed to not sell tobacco for 24 hours.

  • Representatives from Brazil’s National Cancer Institute and the Federal Revenue department explained how tobacco tax increases helped to reduce smoking in Brazil.

  • The community gets behind WNTD2014 during a mass rally in Bhaktapur, Nepal, organised by Health Rights and Tobacco District Network.

  • Members of the Kosrae State Tobacco Control Coalition hold up a banner to mark World No Tobacco Day. (photo courtesy KSTCC).

1 billion deaths: time to get serious

Over 10 years ago, the world’s governments agreed a blueprint for fighting the tobacco epidemic: the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s time the world got serious about implementing it, says FCA Director Laurent Huber, in a new article.

Progress has been made, writes Laurent in the article in Cancer Control.