The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

FCA in the news: Diversity in FCTC implementation in the EU

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FCA Director Laurent Huber is quoted in a recent Lancet Oncology online article:

“France has failed to see major decreases in tobacco use due to a lack of tobacco tax increases”, says Laurent Huber (Framework Convention Alliance). “The UK and Ireland are leading the way when it comes to FCTC implementation, while Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Germany are clearly lagging behind”, adds Huber.

2012 in pictures

 

Another busy year for tobacco control and the FCA. Among the usual tobacco control challenges, we also experienced many successes!

We've created an image slideshow to highlight these moments. Those bright spots included:

  • INB5 negotiations on an Illicit Trade Protocol on Tobacco Products (ITP) produced a draft protocol to fight the global trade in illicit tobacco;
  • World No Tobacco Day took on Big Tobacco;
  • Australia adopted plain packaging, and
  • COP5 adopted the ITP and agreed to create working groups on liability and on sustainable measures to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC.

Watch the image slideshow above to view more highlights from this year. Click on the image for more information.

Next steps to improving FCTC implementation


Among all outcomes of the fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), one stands out: creation of a working group on sustainable measures to strengthen implementation of the WHO FCTC.

For the first time, Parties are expected to meet between sessions of the COP to discuss existing obstacles to implementing FCTC measures, rather than to develop guidelines or guiding principles on specific tobacco control interventions.