The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tonga ups tobacco tax to fight diseases

The Government of Tonga has announced it will increase excise tax on tobacco, and cut the amount of tobacco that arriving passengers can carry into the country.

"The new rates are part of the government's commitment to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by increasing the import rates of the unhealthy products," announced the Ministry of Revenue earlier this month, according to a media report.

Latest pictures: May - August 2013

FCA Latest Pictures: May - August 2013

  • Delhi


    HealthBridge and HRIDAY organise a consultation during May 2013 to encourage stakeholders to advance NCD prevention and control for national development. © HRIDAY

  • Japan


    31 May 2013: JSTC awards film “Tada convenient store by a railway station” with its WNTD Dirty Ashtray award. (c) JSTC

  • Ghana


    13 June 2013, Ghana: A WHO employee awards VALD representatives for their work towards tobacco control and FCTC implementation. © VALD

  • Philippines


    2 July 2013, Philippines: Over 13,000 people attempt the world's largest No Smoking sign © George Tapan and SirChief TourGuide Joey Salceda

  • Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka

    Homagama locals walk through the town educating people about going smoke free @ADIC

  • New Delhi

    New Delhi

    23-26 July 2013: FCA delegates with representatives of Parties and the FCTC secretariat at the SEARO FCTC Implementation Workshop in New Delhi (c) SEARO

  • Peru


    31 July 2013, Peru: Regional workshop about tobacco control and legal resource use. Pictured are FCA representatives from Central and South America.

  • Thailand


    1 August 2013: Thai youth urge tobacco companies to withdraw a lawsuit against Thailand's Ministry of Health over new health warnings © P. Sitta

FCA members get busy all over the globe from Africa and South America to countries in Asia.

South-East Asia takes stock of FCTC implementation

By Dr Mira Aghi

In late July, countries in WHO's South-East Asia region gathered to review progress towards fulfilling their obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and to identify emerging threats and opportunities.

At the gathering in New Delhi, 23-26 July, Parties discussed in detail various time-bound commitments, including smoke-free spaces, tobacco package warnings and bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

NCDs Mechanism needs to reflect the WHO FCTC: spread the word!

You might recall the positive outcomes of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May regarding non-communicable diseases* (NCDs). At that time, countries approved ambitious targets, such as cutting tobacco use by 30 percent by 2025. They also adopted a clear road map to do so – the NCD Global Action Plan, which calls for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Victory for public health still elusive in Trans-Pacific trade deal

By Chris Bostic
Deputy Director for Policy, ASH (US)

For those concerned about the conflict between trade and tobacco control, negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) have been a key battleground over the past several years. That fight is nearing its end, as negotiators rush to find common ground on myriad disagreements in order to finalize the treaty by the end of this year. One of the questions remaining is whether to treat tobacco as the unique product that it is.

Pushing tobacco control up the list of development priorities

FCA and its members continue promoting the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in discussions on the next set of development priorities and ahead of key events in September at the United Nations General Assembly.

Tobacco kills six million people a year and poses an unprecedented threat to health and development globally. Unfortunately, effective tobacco control and implementation of the FCTC remain under-resourced.

VOTE! 8th FCA General Assembly election

Nominations opened on 1 August for the 8th FCA General Assembly election. Voting is open to all organisations that are members of the Framework Convention Alliance. Votes close Thursday, November 7, 2013, 11:59EST.

The election will decide three posts on the FCA Board of Directors:

• One Representative from the AFRO region, whose term will run from 1 Jan 2014 through 31 Dec 2016.
• One Representative from the EMRO region (1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016); and
• One At-Large Board member, a position that is elected independently of any regional considerations (1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2016).

The Lancet blasts UK over plain packaging

Noted medical journal The Lancet has called the UK Government's decision to not implement plain packaging of cigarettes a "disgrace".

"What does the UK Government's decision say, if not that economics trumps health?" asks the journal in an editorial published on 20 July, adding, "The UK should join Australia and New Zealand in setting an example to the countries looking to strengthen their resolve against the tobacco epidemic."

WNTD in the Western Pacific

By Annabel Lyman
FCA Pacific Island Countries Coordinator

Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognises individuals or organisations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. There were six awardees in the Western Pacific region this year including the Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

Ukraine legislation already reducing smoking

 Smoking rates have decreased in Ukraine since the country introduced smoke free legislation six months ago, the Ukraine State Statistics Department has found.


Reported in a Regional Advocacy Centre “LIFE” press release, the department found that cigarette production during January to April 2013 was 91.2% of the same period in 2012. Cigarette sales during December 2012 to April 2013 also decreased by 2.5 billion cigarettes, or 10% from the same period the previous year.