The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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

FCA Director Laurent Huber WNTD 2011 WEBFCA Director Laurent Huber.
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.

Thank you for supporting FCA at COP5!

Francis Luk Laura COP5FCA staff and members meet during COP5.By FCA Chair Paula Johns

I would like to extend our thanks to all those who contributed to the the vital work of FCA at COP5. Your hard work and support helped achieve a number of favorable outcomes, including:

COP5: Tobacco control emerged as 'whole of government' issue

Analysis by FCA policy team

Looking back at COP5, what is important to see is that there was incremental but meaningful progress on the central challenge of getting a “whole of government” commitment to tobacco control. In other words: the FCTC is starting to receive attention from government officials beyond tobacco control specialists in ministries of health.

Tobacco control advocates should in particular celebrate the fact that finance ministries from around the world came to the Working Group on Article 6 (price and tax measures), and then to the COP, were exposed to all the arguments for stronger tobacco control, and reached consensus on quite strong recommendations about the critical role of tobacco taxation.