The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco control, NCDs emerging in UN development talks

By Laurent Huber,
FCA Director

The devastation caused by the tobacco epidemic was highlighted in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September, but much more will need to be done to get tobacco control included in the world's post-2015 development agenda.

"Tobacco consumption, which was left out of the MDGs, has a direct impact on NCDs, and must therefore be separately targeted" in those goals, President Tommy Remengesau of Palau told the Special Event on the Millennium Development Goals.

Big Tobacco’s challenges delay world’s largest pack warnings

Thai image FBThailand and Sri Lanka are being denied bragging rights for having among the world’s largest graphic warnings on cigarette packs because of challenges from the tobacco industry.

Palau bans sale of duty-free tobacco

Palau has passed a number of regulations that will make tobacco more expensive in the country from 1 January 2014.

It is widely accepted that price increases are the most effective way to reduce tobacco consumption, and to discourage potential young smokers from starting.

In the New Year the Pacific Island nation will join Nepal and Romania as countries that completely ban the sale of duty-free tobacco.

Tobacco control two years after the UN's NCD Summit

tobacco control UNTwo years ago Thursday a United Nations conference declared the threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) "one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century".

"Prevention must be the cornerstone of the global response to non-communicable diseases", added the Political Declaration of the General Assembly meeting known as the NCD Summit.

At the Summit, UN member states recognised the importance of tobacco control in tackling the NCDs epidemic. (Tobacco use is the one risk factor common to the four main groups of NCDs – cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory diseases).

Global tobacco control to 2014

The fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was held in November 2012.

Parties adopted important decisions, including:

  • The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products;

September discussions could impact future of global tobacco control

FCA will be at the United Nations in New York in September pushing to get tobacco control onto the agenda of world leaders. You can help.

The hot topic for the 68th session of the UN General Assembly is the current set of development priorities (the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs) and what should replace them after 2015.

The MDGs do not address the devastating effects of tobacco use, and the latest UN Secretary-General's recommendations for the post-2015 agenda also fail to mention them.

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.

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

    Delhi

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

  • Japan

    Japan

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

  • Ghana

    Ghana

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

  • Philippines

    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

    Peru

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

  • Thailand

    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
Consultant

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.