The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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 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

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD)

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Every year (on May 31) the World Health Organization (WHO) runs World No Tobacco Day to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Every year, the FCA and its members partner with the WHO to help champion the day.

Find out what we got up to on the day in:

Parties' payments to the FCTC: reasons for optimism

Opening plenary 290312 TihIt has been almost two years since the status of Parties' mandatory payments (also known as voluntary assessed contributions or VACs) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) has been regularly uploaded on the official website. Has the public exposure of unpaid bills made any difference? In general, many Parties remain in arrears, but there are some positive stories to be shared.

When FCA highlighted the status of VACs for the first time in August 2011, the numbers did not look good. Forty-one FCTC Parties had never paid their contributions to the Convention and another 41 were in arrears.

Dutch court first to find that global tobacco treaty can trump national law

By the International Legal Consortium, CTFK

Hotels, restaurants and cafes had been smoke-free in The Netherlands since July 2008. In July 2011, a new decree came into force that exempted small cafes with an area of less than 70 square metres from the smoke-free provision. CAN, a public health NGO, sued the government, claiming the exemption violated Art 8(2) of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The suit also claimed the exemption violated Recommendations of the Council of the European Union, and principles of anti-discrimination, equal treatment, prohibition of arbitrariness and legal certainty. The lower court found CAN's arguments groundless and dismissed the case. But on 26 March, the Court of Appeals of The Hague overturned the lower court's judgment, invalidated the exemption, and ordered the government to enforce the law in full.

We'd like to share some reflections on the importance of this case.

Vote now for global recognition of tobacco control via MDGs campaign

MDGs-1000-days badgeThe current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will expire in two years, and world leaders and governments are already discussing the next set of global priorities. This is a unique opportunity to get FCTC implementation included in the top rank of global development priorities!

Here's how you can help:

  • Go to
  • Choose 6 priorities from the list (your own priorities)
  • MOST IMPORTANT: write in your own priority under "Suggest a priority".

Write in the words: A tobacco-free world

Dutch court's recognition of FCTC smoke-free measure encouraging

WNTD2012 Netherlands MPs Petition STIVORO WEBSTIVORO delivers a petition to Dutch MPs on World No Tobacco Day 2012. (c) STIVOROBy Dr Dewi Segaar
Director, STIVORO

On 26 March, the Dutch appeals court ruled that small cafes with no employees cannot be exempt from a ban on smoking. Based on Article 8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its guidelines, the decision marks a very welcome turn for tobacco control in the Netherlands, after some tough years that led to an increase in smoking prevalence in 2012.

Tell WHO: Strengthen tobacco control in NCD Global Action Plan: 2013-2020

NCDalliance report coverThe World Health Organization (WHO) will conclude consultations on the draft NCD Action Plan this week (29 March).

The Plan will guide global and national response to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – one of whose main risk factors is tobacco use – over the next eight years.

It is important that the WHO document contains strong references to the FCTC, and the latest draft is a marked improvement on the original in that regard. Still, we have some work to do.

Tobacco use driving NCDs in Africa

men smoking200pxTobacco use is helping drive NCDs in Africa (c) ZACATobacco use is a main factor driving non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly in Africa, according to outcomes from a multi-stakeholder dialogue hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The tobacco industry’s negative influence on policy making, and weak implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control were cited as some of the main challenges to stemming tobacco consumption.