The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

New Zealand to introduce plain packaging

The New Zealand government will legislate plain packaging of tobacco products, making it the second country (after Australia) to introduce plain packs.

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (featured on the New Zealand Herald) website, Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia said the legislation was another step on the path towards a smoke-free nation by 2025. Watch the press conference below.


Latest pictures: 2013 January/February

2013 got off to a busy start for global tobacco control.

Watch the image slideshow below to see what happened. Click on the image for more information.

Tobacco farmers switching to alternatives

Throughout the world, tobacco farmers are beginning to switch to growing food or higher yielding crops, like bamboo.

After years of escalating health and environmental problems, low profits and the possibility of declining global demand for tobacco, these farmers realise that growing tobacco has put them in a ‘no-win’ situation.

The campaign interviewed experts from Bangladesh, Kenya and Brazil during last year's Week of Alternative Livelihoods, to show how farmers in these countries are switching from growing tobacco to alternative crops. Watch the video interviews above and below.

Yul Dorotheo new Chair of FCA Board

Yul 150pxFCA would like to congratulate Ulysses ('Yul') N. Dorotheo, representative from the Western Pacific (WPRO) region, for his election as the new chair of the FCA Board of Directors, on 28 January.

The other officers elected are:

  • Vice Chair – Luk Joossens AT-LARGE member from the European (EURO) region
  • Treasurer – Melodie Tilson AT-LARGE member from the Americas (AMRO) region
  • Secretary – Lutgard Kokulinda Kagaruki AT-LARGE member from the African (AFRO) region.

Building on BRICS' commitment to strengthen FCTC implementation

A commitment to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) reiterated by leaders of the BRICS* countries earlier this month has the potential to help strengthen FCTC implementation.

The pledge, made in the Delhi Communiqué on 12 January, came just two months after the fifth session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties where, for the first time, a working group was established not to elaborate implementation guidelines for FCTC articles but to examine the Convention's implementation.

Lao tobacco control fund builds momentum for healthier region - SEATCA

BANGKOK, 25 January 2013 - The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) on Thursday congratulated the Lao People's Democratic Republic on passing a decree establishing a tobacco control fund.

The new law will see the fund built on a two percent tax on tobacco industry profits. It will also allow a specific increase of 200 Lao Kip (US$0.03) per cigarette pack, proceeds of which will also go to the tobacco control fund.

Caribbean states adopt regional labelling standard

On 12 December 2012, Caribbean states adopted the Regional Standard for the Labelling of Retail Packages of Tobacco Products.

The Regional Standards meets the requirement of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), according to a press release from the Secretariat from the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

More cessation support needed globally

TobWatch Art14 170113Comprehensive support for smoking cessation is a relatively low priority for most Parties to the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to the findings of a 2012 Tobacco Watch report that focuses on the FCTC's Article 14.

Most Parties surveyed in the FCA report said they prioritised other articles that promoted cessation attempts or that created demand for cessation support. However, the report says there are quick and affordable actions Parties can take to improve access to tobacco cessation support.

Health and development cannot be separated in post-2015 goals

World We Want 160113The United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in 2015, and consultations have been launched on what should replace them.

In a submission to WHO and UNICEF, the agencies leading United Nations consultations on health in the post-2015 development agenda, FCA makes a case for health to become an integral part of all development policies.

Australian tobacco strategy targets industry

The Australian government plans to target tobacco industry interference, advertising and promotion, and cigarette affordability during the next six years.

The government announced these plans when it unveiled the National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2012-2018 on 2 January 2013.

Non-government organisations (NGOs) played a large role in helping create the strategy and will continue to play an integral part, says the strategy.