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Big drop in youth smoking in the Netherlands

Smoking among Dutch children and adolescents (under age 20) fell greatly between 2012 and 2013, from 11 percent daily smoking in 2012 to 9 percent in 2013, according to recent data.

A spectacular drop in daily smoking was seen among 16-year-olds: from 23 percent to 12 percent. The data comes from the Dutch Youth Smoking Monitor of the Trimbos Institute.

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UNDP hosts webinar series on NCDs & development

Tobacco use and non-communicable diseases (NCDs)* pose a major health and development challenge, impeding progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

So far, tobacco control has been the sole responsibility of ministries of health. It is time that more stakeholders, particularly development partners, take an active role in implementing the global treaty on tobacco control, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

2014 Latest pictures: January-February

Take a look at what our members got up to during January and February 2014. Countries featured are Germany, Indonesia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Poland. 

Latest pictures: January-February 2014

  • Bangladesh


    8/2/2014: DAM performs a mobile musical program to promote awareness about smoking. © Dhaka Ahsania Mission

  • Germany


    4/2/2014: Dortmund’s mayor Ullrich Sierau rejects a petition (pictured) demanding Inter-tabac ASIA 2014 is cancelled.

  • South Africa

    South Africa

    6 February 2014: Cricket South Africa prints "Non Smoking Stadium" on all cricket game tickets.

  • Bangladesh


    12/2/2014: A mobile court fines a shop for advertising tobacco products in Dhaka. © Dhaka Ahsania Mission

  • Poland


    14/2/2014: Competition artwork that Polish organisation Sfajerowani ran to motivate teenagers to fight against tobacco companies and youth smoking.


Greetings from the 2014 Board!

On behalf of the entire FCA Board of Directors, I want to wish you all the best in 2014!

Allow me to start by announcing the outcomes of the recent 2014 Election of Officers of the FCA Board of Directors:

Chair: Ulysses Dorotheo (WPRO); Vice Chair: Fouad Fouad (EMRO), Treasurer: Melodie Tilson (At-Large); Secretary: Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki (At-Large).

Tobacco control ‘hotspots’ in 2014

Thai youth protest tobacco industry interference.Below are some of the ‘hot spots’ in global tobacco control that FCA will be watching in 2014.

Six 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.

Pacific trade deal: US attorneys back Malaysia’s proposed ‘carve out'

By Chris Bostic

Deputy Director of Policy, ASH (US)

On 27 January, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman requesting that tobacco products be exempted from all trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) now being negotiated.

The letter is direct and well-reasoned, but perhaps the most exciting aspect is the number of signatures – 45 individual attorneys general.

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.