The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Progress on NCDs insufficient: Why?


Three years ago, the tobacco control community prepared for the first ever United Nations (UN) high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – the UN Summit on NCDs. The rationale was simple:

“Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the main groups of NCDs; accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is an essential way to tackle these diseases and save lives”.*

ASEAN: Far to go to prevent tobacco industry interference - report


A report released on 1 Feb 2014 on tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia comes to a sobering conclusion: “Countries still have a long way to go in implementing FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines.”

The guidelines are 8 recommendations (and 34 sub-recommendations) on how Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should implement Art. 5.3, to prevent industry interference in policy making.

FCAers on the airwaves

 

FCA Director Laurent Huber and FCA AMRO Regional Director Eduardo Bianco were both recently interviewed about global tobacco control.

In his role as Executive Director of ASH (US), Laurent described the tobacco epidemic in the global context on Your Health Matters, a programme of Rowan University radio.

“Overall there’s an understanding of the problem, and I think there’s a willingness to act, but there’s a lack of awareness across the whole of government,” said Laurent.

New graphic warnings for Solomon Islands

Congratulations to Solomon Islands! After years of efforts, the Pacific Island country in December 2013 passed regulations to implement its Tobacco Control Act (2010).

The rules require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, covering 70 percent of the front face and 30 percent of the back. The warnings must be in place by 1 January 2015.

New graphic warnings for Solomon Islands

Congratulations to Solomon Islands! After years of efforts, the Pacific Island country in December 2013 passed regulations to implement its Tobacco Control Act (2010).

The rules require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages, covering 70 percent of the front face and 30 percent of the back. The warnings must be in place by 1 January 2015.

Triple tobacco tax, prevent 200 million deaths

Tripling tobacco tax globally would cut smoking by one-third and prevent 200 million premature deaths this century from lung cancer and other diseases, according to a Cancer Research UK review published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Boosting tax by a large fixed amount per cigarette would encourage people to quit smoking altogether rather than switch to a cheaper brand, and would help stop young people from starting, concludes the review, Global Effects of Smoking, of Quitting and of Taxing Tobacco.

18+ to buy tobacco in the Netherlands

You will have to be at least 18 years of age to buy tobacco in the Netherlands as of 1 January 2014.

But the new rule is not a signal that the government is getting tough on tobacco use, says one advocate.

The back page that's read first at meetings of the FCTC's Parties

In this video, FCA members describe the important role that the Alliance plays at meetings of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), especially the Orchid and Ashtray awards in the FCA Bulletin.

 

Persistence pays: Niger hikes tobacco tax

By Ibrahim Maïga Djibo, President, SOS-Tabagisme NigerBy Ibrahim Maïga Djibo
President, SOS-Tabagisme Niger

In November, Niger announced that it will increase the excise duty on tobacco products to the maximum 45 percent as of 1 January 2014. The increase follows years of advocacy work by civil society, led by SOS-Tabagisme Niger.

The announcement is important because it is widely accepted that increasing the price of tobacco products is the most effective way to reduce tobacco consumption.

Help FCA get ready for COP6 in 2014

Ulyesses Dorotheo, FCA Board ChairBy Ulysses Dorotheo,
Chair of the FCA Board

Dear FCA colleagues and friends,

You've probably heard that the sixth Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC will take place next year in Moscow, Russia, from 13 to 18 October.

At COP5 in 2012, thanks in part to the work of FCA members, FCTC Parties made some important decisions, including the adoption of a "set of guiding principles and recommendations" on Article 6 (tax and price measures) and the creation of a Working Group on Sustainable Measures to Strengthen Implementation of the FCTC.