The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

The first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control was launched in Brazil on 1 April.

Big step taken toward linking tobacco and human rights

Tobacco control advocates at human rights hearingFormal recognition of the link between tobacco and human rights has moved closer in the Americas thanks to a hearing on 5 April that featured tobacco control advocates.

The long road to Graphic Health Warnings in the Philippines

By Ulysses Dorotheo, MD, FPAO*New graphic health warnings in the Philippines.

Based on the three-year compliance deadline for Article 11 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the Philippines should’ve implemented effective health warnings on packages by September 2008. Nearly eight years later, graphic health warnings have finally arrived.

World No Tobacco Day 2016

poster-baby-ULWorld No Tobacco Day takes place every year on May 31.

The theme for 2016 was Get Ready for Plain Packaging.

Plain packaging is an important demand reduction measure that reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, restricts use of tobacco packaging as a form of tobacco advertising and promotion, limits misleading packaging and labelling, and increases the effectiveness of health warnings.

Kenyan court rejects industry challenge

The Kenyan High Court has rejected a challenge of the government’s new tobacco control measures by tobacco industry giant British American Tobacco (BAT) Kenya Limited.

New tobacco control law: Little to celebrate in Germany

German president at a tobacco industry event, 2014.By Johannes Spatz and Dieter Eichinger
Forum Rauchfrei, Germany

On February 25th the German Parliament (Bundestag) approved a bill implementing the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD 2) in Germany. There is little doubt that the federal states will give their required consent on March 18th.

India's tobacco tax hike inadequate

The increase in the tobacco tax rate in the recent Indian budget will have little health benefit as tobacco prices are unlikely to rise markedly, says Dr Monika Arora, Director of the Health Promotion Division at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI).

Palau tobacco tax to fight NCDs

Palau has become a world leader in using tobacco tax revenue to finance the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs)*.

2016 global tobacco control Hot Spots

Many new hot spots have flared up in global tobacco control in 2016; others remain from last year.

There are two recurring themes:

FCTC reporting under review in 2016

Parties at FCTC COP6, 2014.While Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are expected to submit their progress reports by 15 April, discussions later this year could change the shape of future reporting.