The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

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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.

Latest pictures: May - August 2012

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control.

View the slideshow to see what our members got up to from June to August 2012. Click the picture to read the caption.

May-August 2012 Slideshow

  • Cambodia's first smoke-free sport

    Cambodia's first smoke-free sport

  • Outsourcing addiction

    Outsourcing addiction

  • Davos_citytour


  • CHILE: smoking education

    CHILE: smoking education

  • NZ clamps down on Big Tobacco

    NZ clamps down on Big Tobacco

  • Australia's plain packaging

    Australia's plain packaging


Uruguay’s tobacco control strategy delivers results

ICT-report uploadUruguay’s world-leading tobacco control strategy has had positive effects on reducing tobacco’s appeal in the country, a new report by the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (the ITC Project) has found.

The study concluded that Uruguay’s strategy has helped raise awareness about the harms of smoking; reduced misconceptions about light/mild cigarettes; reduced exposure to second-hand smoke and reduced demand for tobacco products through tax increases.

Kuwait implements pictorial warnings

The Kuwait government recently implemented pictorial warnings on cigarette boxes sold in the country.

“Adding the pictures is an important step to increase public awareness about the dangerous of smoking and the destructive effects of this habit on public health”.

Australia defeats Big Tobacco's challenge!

Eg of Aus plain packaging 200411Example of Australia's plain packaging (c) Gov. of AustraliaAustralia's High Court on Wednesday rejected a challenge by the tobacco industry of a new law on plain packaging of cigarettes.

The decision means that as of 1 December 2012 all tobacco sold in the country will be in the same colour packages, without logos or other brand markings.

“This is a important victory for global tobacco control,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber.

Mauritius bans tobacco displays

Mauritius has adopted a ban on tobacco product displays at point-of-sale areas, except duty-free shops in airports.

South African appeal court cites FCTC

Rally COP3 SAfrica 2008A rally at the 2008 meeting of the FCTC Parties, in South Africa.South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal cited the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in its verdict last week that upheld a ban on tobacco advertising.

'In relation to advertising, the Framework Convention imposes clear obligations on State parties .... I do not think it was open to the Minister and the legislature to ignore the Framework Convention when considering what steps to take to deal with the risks posed by tobacco use', said the judgement.

Kenya takes steps to improve tobacco taxation

By Vincent Kimosop, Clara Mwanthi and Emma Wanyonyi, International Institute for Legislative Affairs

Kenya signed and ratified the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in June 2004, committing itself to implementing a number of measures, including putting in place tax and price policies targeted at reducing demand for tobacco products.

Subsequently, Kenya enacted the Tobacco Control Act 2007, which provides that the Minister of Finance shall, amongst other things, "implement tax and price policies on tobacco and tobacco products so as to contribute to the objects of the Act" (section 12). Those objects include protecting the health of Kenyans, especially those below the age of 18.