The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

WNTD 2013 Reports

View reports relating to World No Tobaccco Day 2013 and its theme: Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS).

Status of implementation of WHO FCTC Article 13 (banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship) in the South-East Asian region. (Report by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, SEATCA)

This publication provides the implementation status of the WHO FCTC Article 13 in the ASEAN region. See how your country fares, and take action now!

Download the full report.

WNTD Advocacy Tools

Help yourself to the various World No Tobacco Day 2013 advocacy tools on offer:

* Why ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship? (FCA fact sheet)

It is clear that in countries with weak regulation, tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship reach a very high proportion of people. For example according to the 2011 National Adult Tobacco Survey of Cambodia, 80 percent of respondents had seen tobacco advertising in the past months.

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* Lessons learned and best practices in banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
(FCA fact sheet)

Partial  bans  will  simply  result  in  the  tobacco  industry  shifting resources  to  non-banned  TAPS.  Adopt a comprehensive  ban  on all  direct and indirect forms of tobacco advertising,  promotion  and sponsorship.

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* Tobacco industry relentlessly undermining advertising bans 
('Swiss cheese' press release for your use)

Fill in the highlighted sections with your information and send the press release to local and national media

 Download and adapt the press release in:


* Tobacco company corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes
(Factsheet by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids)

Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) requires Parties to implement and enforce a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, including a complete ban on corporate social responsibility (CSR). While tobacco companies claim to engage in CSR activities to be good corporate citizens, the true goals of industry-sponsored programs are to boost profits, build goodwill with policymakers and the public, counter negative attention surrounding its deadly products, and defuse opposition from tobacco control advocates.

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* Status of implementation of WHO FCTC Article 13 (banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship) in the South-East Asian region.
(Report by Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, SEATCA)

This publication provides the implementation status of the WHO FCTC Article 13 in the ASEAN region. See how your country fares, and take action now! Download the full report.


* Advertising at point-of-sale gone berserk
(Report by SEATCA).
With tobacco advertising and promotions either totally or partially banned in the mass media in almost all countries in Southeast Asia, the tobacco industry has shifted its focus to marketing at point-of-sale (check-out counters) by displaying cigarette packs or cartons. Download the full report


* ITC Brazil Report on TAPS (tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship)
. By The ITC Project.

The Report finds that incomplete and poorly enforced bans on TAPS mean that nearly a quarter of Brazilians still see marketing messages from tobacco companies at point-of-sale (PoS) displays, through corporate social responsibility initiatives run by the industry, on tobacco product packaging and in TV shows and films. Download the report.


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WHO's WNTD 2013 web page

New Kosovo law combats tobacco industry interference


On 26 April, the President of Kosovo signed a comprehensive tobacco control law that includes the strongest protections in the world to date against tobacco industry interference in policy-making. Those measures are based on Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

The law incorporates nearly all measures in Guidelines to implementing FCTC Art 5.3. They apply to the whole of government and will be enforced by the national Anti-Corruption Agency. The measures include:

Tobacco taxes funding health programmes in Latin America


CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March 2012. (c) RENATACosta Rica is the most recent Latin American country to dedicate money raised from tobacco taxes to tobacco control.

Taxes in Costa Rica rose 6.5 percent in the tobacco control bill that was signed into law in March 2012 after three years of struggle by tobacco control campaigners. The taxes will be increased regularly as the consumer price index (CPI) rises. 100 percent of the money will go toward tobacco control activities and health promotion.

Costa Rica joins Panama and Ecuador as countries in the region that dedicate tobacco taxes towards tobacco control.

Tobacco taxes funding health programmes in Latin America


CostaRica Pres signs lawCosta Rican President, Laura Chinchilla (centre), signs the tobacco control law on 22 March 2012. (c) RENATACosta Rica is the most recent Latin American country to dedicate money raised from tobacco taxes to tobacco control.

Taxes in Costa Rica rose 6.5 percent in the tobacco control bill that was signed into law in March 2012 after three years of struggle by tobacco control campaigners. The taxes will be increased regularly as the consumer price index (CPI) rises. 100 percent of the money will go toward tobacco control activities and health promotion.

Costa Rica joins Panama and Ecuador as countries in the region that dedicate tobacco taxes towards tobacco control.

World No Tobacco Day 2013

This year's theme for World No Tobacco Day 2013 (WNTD 2013) , which takes place on 31 May 2013, is: ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

A comprehensive ban of all tobacco advertising, promotion (TAPS) and sponsorship is required under Article 13 of the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) for all Parties to this treaty within five years of the entry into force of the Convention for that Party.

FCA members take on big tobacco during WNTD 2012

FCA members around the world took action against big tobacco during WHO’s World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), which targeted tobacco industry interference.

During WNTD, members exposed the industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine global tobacco control efforts.

View the slideshow to see what our members did for WNTD. Click on an image to see its caption.

 


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Latest pictures: 2013 March/April

  • Harvard tobacco conference

    Harvard tobacco conference

    5 March 2013: Harvard University’s Governance of Tobacco in the 21st Century conference concludes that one billion deaths from tobacco are a key obstacle to global development. Find out more about the conference’s outcomes

  • Keep Spain smokefree

    Keep Spain smokefree

    6 March 2013: A grassroots movement in Spain launches a global campaign to defend the country's smoke-free law called Don't Touch the Law. Find out more...

  • Tobacco advertising in Dakar

    Tobacco advertising in Dakar

    7-8 March 2013: Tobacco advertising at point-of-sale in Dakar taken during FCA shadow report training. (c) FCA, Tih Ntiabang. More on the training...

  • APACT preconference in Japan

    APACT preconference in Japan

    16 March 2013: Some Asia Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco (APACT) preconference delegates get together before the conference begins in Japan from 18-21 August 2013. © Japan Society for Tobacco Control

  • Congratulations Thailand!

    Congratulations Thailand!

    12 March 2013: Thailand announces its move to have the world's largest graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. Find out more...

  • Save our farmers

    Save our farmers

    13 March 2013: SEATCA and its partners launch www.saveourfarmer.org in Bangkok, Thailand © SEATCA

  • Protobex protest

    Protobex protest

    20 March 2013: SEATCA and tobacco control advocates hit the streets to protest the international tobacco exhibition Protobex Asia 2013, which took place in the Philippines during March. © SEATCA

  • Protobex protest

    Protobex protest

    20 March 2013: New Vois Association of the Philippines takes part in the protest rally against the PROTOBEX Exhibition held in the Philippines. © New Vois

  • Bangladesh smokefree water vessels

    Bangladesh smokefree water vessels

    30 March 2013: Twenty public transport water vessels in the Daulatdia ghat, Rajbari district in Bangladesh are declared smokefree by the district’s authority. © Tamak Birodhi Jote Bata

  • TC in Niger

    TC in Niger

    29 March 2013: The Opening of the Information Day on Tobacco Control and Economic and Social Development, organised by SOS Tabagisme Niger with financial support from HealthBridge Foundation, on in Niamey, Niger.

  • FCA Annual Report

    FCA Annual Report

    1 April 2013: FCA releases its 2012 Annual Report. Download it here...

  • Smokefree petition

    Smokefree petition

    8 April 2013: The Japan Society for Tobacco Control (JSTC) submits a petition about smokefree legislation to the chief of the Yamanashi prefectural assembly in Japan. © JSTC

  • FDA prohibit menthol

    FDA prohibit menthol

    12 April 2013: Tobacco Control Legal Consortium attorneys and a university representative hand deliver a petition to the US Food and Drug Administration urging it to prohibit the use of menthol as a characterising flavor in cigarettes.


Our members get busy all over the globe from the US and Europe to Africa and Asia.

Find out what they got up to by watching the image slideshow below. Click on the image for more information.

Greetings from the new FCA Board of Directors


(The following are excerpts from a longer letter sent to FCA members on 20 March 2013 by the new Board of Directors of the Framework Convention Alliance)

Despite the fact that there will not be a meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body or the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2013, the year ahead of us is going to be challenging for FCA. This is not only because of the sizeable workload to be accomplished between COP5 and COP6 in 2014, but also because of the challenges that we face as an Alliance.

WNTD Get Active

Get active during World No Tobacco Day with the following events and actvities, planned by FCA members and others.

African (AFRO) region

Americas (AMRO) region

Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region

European (EURO) region

South-East Asian (SEARO) region

Western Pacific (WPRO) region