The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Success! Three years of advocacy helped produce tobacco control measures in Ukraine

All tobacco packages in Ukraine now have pictorial warnings on the front and back, following a new law which came into place 4 October 2012.

The law requires all tobacco packs to have pictorial health warnings that cover 50 percent of the back side, and text messages covering 50 percent of the front side. Previously, packs in Ukraine had a 30 per cent text message on both sides.

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Sri Lanka adopts huge picture warnings

SriLanka warningsSri Lanka has passed regulations that mandate some of the largest picture warnings on cigarette packs in the world.

The warnings will cover 80 per cent of the front and back of packages; the text portion of the warning will be in three languages - Sinhala, Tamil and English.

The regulations also ban the use of misleading descriptions, including 'light', 'mild' 'low', 'extra' and 'ultra'.

Once implemented, Sri Lanka will have among the largest cigarette health warnings in the world, along with Australia at 82.5 percent (75 percent front, 90 percent back), and Uruguay at 80 percent (80 percent front and back).

Study finds tobacco taxes reduce smoking

Raising tobacco prices through taxes could help reduce tobacco consumption in low and middle income countries, a study published in the Tobacco Control journal has found.

Success! Ukraine bans all tobacco advertising

The Ukraine Government has banned all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship following changes to its tobacco control law on 16 September 2012. More

Ukraine bans all tobacco advertising

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The Ukraine Government has banned all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship following changes to its tobacco control law on 16 September 2012.

Before that date, Ukraine had legislation banning tobacco advertising on radio, television, print and outdoor billboards. Since the changes, additional forms of advertising, marketing, sponsorship and promotion on the Internet and point-of-sale displays in stores and kiosks are included in the legislation.

Regional tobacco control alliance condemns Manila tobacco growers conference


The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has condemned the international tobacco conference to be held in Manila (25 September 2012), warning of industry "deception" and "misinformation" that could be designed to mislead tobacco farmers into baseless panic and insecurity.

Togo takes giant steps in tobacco control

On 12 September the Government of Togo adopted two implementing decrees of its 2010 tobacco control law.

The first spells out regulation of tobacco points of sale; the second concerns the prohibition of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. 

What is the Death Clock?


People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

The Death Clock keeps a running tally of how many people have died from tobacco related diseases since 28 October 1999. That’s the date of the first meeting of the working group on the future World health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) unveiled the Death Clock at every session of the FCTC Conference of the Parties (COP) until INB5, which finalised the draft of a protocol on illicit trade in 2012.

The Clock continues ticking on the FCA website as well as on the sites of other organisations that have 'adopted' the symbol.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to add the Death Clock to your website. 

Governments' participation in global tobacco control efforts threatened

A 2010 decision could have a significant impact on some governments' participation in global tobacco control efforts if it's not changed at the upcoming fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

As a result of the decision (officially FCTC/COP4 (21)), taken at COP4, support for low and lower-middle income Parties will be reduced at COP5. And unless changes are introduced, Parties that are classified as Least Developed Counties (LDC) will be eligible for only reduced support after COP5.

Lebanon goes smoke-free

Indy act lebanon 400pxTobacco control activists protest outside Parliament in 2010. (c) IndyACTLebanon's ban on smoking in all closed public spaces went into force on Monday. It includes coffee shops, restaurants and bars, as well as banning tobacco advertisements.