The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Madagascar gets graphic warning labels

Madagascar has become the third country in Africa and at least the 46th country/ jurisdiction in the world to require picture-based health warnings for tobacco packages.

The Interministerial Decision was approved on 30 September 2011. It will require picture health warnings on packages of cigarettes and some other tobacco products. The warnings will have to cover 65 percent of the front and back of packages, with the picture on the front and a text message on the back.

NCDs, tobacco control and the FCTC

NCDalliance report coverTobacco is so commonplace - globally more than one-quarter of adults use it - that it is easy to overlook how extraordinarily dangerous it is to human health and well-being.

As the only risk factor common to the four main non-communicable disease (NCD) categories, tobacco use now causes 1 in 6 of all NCD deaths.

Benin advocates discuss Shadow Report with Minister of Justice

shadow reporting story benin 130112Tobacco advocates meet Benin's Minister of Justice. From left: Augustin Faton, Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control; Marie Elyse Gbedo, Minister of Justice; Ernest Gbaguidi, Consumer`s Association; Blandine Sintondji, Women Lawyers Association. (c) IETCIn a shining example of proactive advocacy, members of the NGO Initiative for Education and Tobacco Control met Benin's Minister of Justice and Law, Madame Marie Elyse Gbedo, on 11 January 2012 to discuss their draft shadow report.

During the ½ hour visit "we also drew the attention of the minister to the concerns of civil society on the process of revising the legislative framework on tobacco control", said Augustin Faton, president of the NGO and executive secretary of the association of civil society organisations working for tobacco control in Benin.

 After the review is final, the legislation will be sent to Parliament, said Faton.

During the meeting the Minister also related her own experiences as a civil society actor, and reassured the advocates of her support. She also pledged to take personal charge of the review of the law, according to Augustin.

The shadow report for Benin is expected to be published by 20 February 2012.

FCA's Shadow Reporting campaign

NCD prevention and control: monitoring frameworks and targets

The Political Declaration of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Summit requests WHO develop a comprehensive global monitoring framework and voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs.

Two EU countries finalise health warnings

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One of the graphic warnings to be included on tobacco packages in Ireland. (c) Government of Ireland.


Ireland is set to become the ninth European Union country to require picture warnings on tobacco packages, on 1 February 2013. It will follow Hungary, which recently announced its warnings will come into force on 1 September 2012.

The text in Ireland's warnings will be in both English and Irish.

Tunisian President receives FCA letter

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Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (centre) receives a letter from the FCA. Left: Anouar Gharbi, president of the NGO Association droit pour tous; Right:Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament and Director of CIPRET-Genève. (c) Frédéric Pfyffer, RTS


A letter from the Framework Convention Alliance was hand-delivered to the interim president of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, in early January 2012.

The letter congratulated the leader for his election in December. It also warned about attempts by the tobacco industry to strengthen its influence in the northern African country following the revolution of January 2011.

Tobacco taxes up in Togo

Togo's tobacco excise tax rose five per cent in the 2012 budget.

The proposed tax for 2012 was 35 per cent, but last December parliamentarians recommended it increase by 10 per cent because of the positive health impact. After debate, a 5 per cent increase was agreed.

Advocates’ role grows as Vietnam finalises tobacco control law

The first draft of Vietnam’s tobacco control law was prepared by legal experts in the ministry of health who had little knowledge of tobacco control.

It was very weak, says Pham Thi Hoang Anh, Country Director of the Vietnam office of the non-governmental organisation (NGO) HealthBridge. For example, “the smoke-free provisions included many exemptions”, she says on a recent trip to Ottawa for the HealthBridge annual meeting.

2011 - tobacco control in pictures

During the past year FCA members have experienced some highs and lows in global tobacco control. We’ve been tracking these ups and downs throughout the year in great pictures that members have sent us. Check out some of our favourite pictures of 2011.

Maldives hikes tobacco import taxes

Maldives increased the import duty on cigarettes by 200 per cent on 1 December. The duty on other tobacco products rose 150 per cent.

The increase will be critical in reducing tobacco use and discouraging uptake of the tobacco habit among young people in the South Asian island nation, said Mr. Hassan Mohammed, Head of the Tobacco Control Unit in the Maldivian Ministry of Health.