The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Latest pictures: November-December 2013

During November and December FCA members worked hard globally to fight for tobacco control. View the slideshow below to see what they got up to. Click the image to learn more about the activity.

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FCTC reporting procedure updated

WHO chief Margaret Chan delivers a speech at COP5.A key responsibility of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is to report progress on implementing the Convention*. Via these reports – which are completed in questionnaire format – Parties can share information on their successes and about the obstacles that they face.

Reporting also improves information-sharing and can lead to better monitoring of the tobacco industry's activities.

Pacific Islands making tobacco control a development priority

The Samoa Cancer Society, World No Tobacco Day 2013With the new UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the Pacific sub-region in place, most Pacific island countries are well positioned to advocate for implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as a development priority.

Tobacco industry challenge continues to delay Sri Lanka's warnings

By Dr. Olcott Gunasekera*
President, Sri Lanka National Federation on Smoking or Health

Sri Lanka's Minister of Health, Hon. Maitripala Sirisena, took a bold step in 2012 by announcing mandatory pictorial health warnings to cover 80 percent of the total area of a packet, package or carton of cigarettes. The effective date of implementation was 12 November 2012, which was later extended to 1 March 2013.