The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

FCAers go on air to explain tobacco epidemic in Africa

Tobacco control advocates answered the question ‘Why is smoking increasing in Africa?’ on an episode of the Voice of America programme Straight Talk Africa, on 28 May. 

Two main reasons explain the growing use of tobacco on the continent, said Joshua Kyallo, Africa Programme Director for Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK). 

Civil society, WHO, join hands to promote tobacco taxes in South-East Asia

A SEATCA graphic for World No Tobacco Day 2014.The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) this week organised a tobacco tax workshop hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) office in the Western Pacific. 

It focused on helping countries strengthen their tobacco tax systems in order to reduce tobacco consumption and raise revenue. 

FCA engages to spark civil society in Madagascar

A media camera captures an interviewLocal activists pledged to unite in support of tobacco control and to fight tobacco industry interference in Madagascar, following a three-day leadership training. 

“We would like to assure you that a tobacco control network shall see the light in the coming weeks in Madagascar,” said Mr. Haja Ramamonjisoa, president of Ny Sahy, a civil society organisation in the municipality of Antananarivo.

UPDATED: 2014 tobacco control ‘hotspots’

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below is a recent 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.

SEATCA index on tobacco industry interference featured

 
The journal Tobacco Control has given a thumbs-up to a new index to measure tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia.

Fighting tobacco use and NCDs is key to development, speakers tell UN event


Tobacco use and other risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are devastating populations and must be integrated into the post-2015 development agenda, said panellists at a United Nations event on 28 April.

FCA, along with the missions of Belgium, Jamaica and the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS), co-sponsored the side event. 

Tobacco taxes rising in Ukraine; NGO warns against ‘warehousing’

An ad for Ukraine's smoke-free law.Thanks to civil society protests, the Ukraine Government will increase tobacco taxes by 25 percent on 1 July 2014.

After the government announced a planned increase of just eight percent, activists protested. They campaigned in the media, picketed the office of the Cabinet of Ministers and contacted the Ministry of Finance, until the government relented. 

Unacceptable – global coordination on NCDs omits the FCTC!

Global coordination of efforts to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is important. But it should not duplicate already existing processes, such as the discussions and governance on tobacco control, which take place at the sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Unfortunately, as it stands now, this could happen!