The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

FCA trains African NGOs in shadow reporting

POS Dakar 080313Tobacco advertising at point-of-sale in Dakar. (c) FCA, Tih Ntiabang"Civil society's shadow reports have an unequivocal value in holding governments accountable to their FCTC obligations," said Dr. Souley Ly, President of Afrique Contre le Tabac (ACONTA), a tobacco control non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Burkina Faso.

Dr Souley represented his country at the shadow report training that took place 7-8 March 2013 in Dakar, Senegal. The training was organised and run by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) in collaboration with la League Senegalaise Contre le Tabac (LISTAB) and with financial support from the Africa Tobacco Control Consortium (ATCC).

Industry-INTERPOL deal signals challenges to illicit trade protocol

A recent agreement between tobacco industry giants and the world’s largest police organisation, INTERPOL, illustrates Big Tobacco’s zeal to manipulate the recently adopted protocol on illicit tobacco products.

In November 2012, Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted the protocol in order to combat the illegal trade in tobacco. At the heart of the ITP is a ‘tracking and tracing’ system for monitoring tobacco products from production to sales.

FCA congratulates Thailand for world's largest graphic health warnings

Thai warnings GovtThailandThe Framework Convention Alliance has congratulated the Government of Thailand for creating the world's largest graphic health warnings on cigarette packages.

The warnings will cover 85 percent of the front and back of packages when they come into effect six months after being printed in the Government's gazette (roughly in October).

"I would like to sincerely congratulate Your Excellency for your firm commitment to strengthen health warnings on cigarette packages in Thailand. The new graphic health warnings will lead the world and further protect public health," wrote FCA Director Laurent Huber to Thai Minister of Health H.E. Dr. Pradith Sinthawanarong.

Global Action Plan on NCDs must recognise the FCTC

The Framework Convention Alliance is calling on WHO and Member States to explicitly recognise the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 2013-2020.

FCA is currently attending the third round of informal consultations in Geneva on the revised draft action plan, which will replace the 2008-2013 plan.

No free trade for cigarettes

Health advocates in Southeast Asia are hoping negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) will acknowledge tobacco products as harmful and the cause of disease and death.

There are 125 million smokers in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and tobacco related deaths are the top killer. Sadly, these deaths are preventable. Of the 11 countries negotiating this new free trade agreement, during March 4-13, four are from the ASEAN region – Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Read the full South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance press release.

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.