The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Big tobacco slowing FCTC implementation

Tobacco Watch 2012 report cTobacco industry influence over countries’ tobacco control plans is blocking a key tool in fighting killer diseases like cancer, says a report released by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

In September 2011, world leaders singled out tobacco control as key to tackling the skyrocketing global burden caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

UN task force on tobacco control holds special session

The World Health Organization hosted a special meeting of the UN Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control 27-28 February 2012 in Geneva.

According to WHO, the main objective of the meeting was to strengthen the multisectoral and interagency response to needs related to global implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Brunei boosts warnings and non-smoking areas

Brunei’s Government has announced it will increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packages so that they cover 75 percent of the package area instead of 50 percent. It will also expand the country’s non-smoking areas.

FCTC-related events at the World Conference

A number of FCTC-related activities are scheduled for the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

These include items on shadow reporting, tobacco and development, accelerating FCTC implementation, women and tobacco use, the draft illicit trade protocol and FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and let us know if you have updates.

Sri Lankan media trained on tobacco control

Sri lanka media training photoA model of Sri Lanka's future plain tobacco packages. (c) Nissanka WijeratneA two-day media training programme on reporting about tobacco control was held recently in Sri Lanka.

Organised by Jeewaka Foundation in collaboration with the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA) at the Sri Lanka Press Institute, Colombo, the training touched on a number of topics:

FCA urges 'FCTC acceleration' in RIO+20 document

Renewed political commitment to sustainable development at all levels–social, economic, and environmental–is critical to address emerging global challenges and achieve progress on internationally agreed development goals.

FCA urges the Rio+20 Conference Secretariat and the participating countries to consider the adoption of the following statement in the Conference Final Declaration:

FCA staff will be active at 15th WCTOH

FCA staff will be involved in numerous activities at the 15th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, 20-24 March in Singapore.

To date, these include items on shadow reporting, accelerating FCTC implementation, the draft illicit trade protocol, FCTC tax and price guidelines. See details below, and please check back soon for updates.

FCA members take action for FCTC implementation in Sri Lanka

On 10 January the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) of Sri Lanka, along with the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), organised a meeting to push for accelerated implementation in the country of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Supported by a grant from FCA, the meeting reviewed the outcomes of the United Nations NCD Summit in September 2011. Its aim was to stimulate discussions on a multi-year plan to tackle tobacco use.

Governments' participation at FCTC meetings under threat

vertical aerial viewAn FCTC meeting in 2009 (c) FCAAt the Fourth session of the Conference of Parties (COP4) in 2010, a little-noticed decision was adopted: “Harmonisation of travel support available to Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in line with current World Health Organization administrative policies for travel support”.

This decision, while sounding harmless, will have a devastating impact on participation at FCTC-related events.

States stress 2012 deadline for NCDs targets

At the United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (‘NCD Summit’) last September world leaders agreed to develop targets for tackling NCDs, as well as a monitoring framework, by the end of 2012. To meet this deadline, it was expected that proposals would have to be agreed at the 65th meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2012.