The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Australia contributes A$700,000 to the FCTC

The Australian Government again demonstrated its leadership in global tobacco control Tuesday, announcing a grant of A$700,000 to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon shakes hands with Haik Nikogosian of the Framework Convention Secretariat at the UN's NCD SummitAustralian Health Minister Nicola Roxon shakes hands with Haik Nikogosian of the Framework Convention Secretariat at the UN's NCD Summit in New York on Tuesday. Watching are (left-right) FCA board member Paula Johns, FCA Advocacy and Policy Director Francis Thompson and FCA Director Laurent Huber (c) FCA

At the UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York, Health Minister Nicola Roxon said that $400,000 of the grant will go to a working group created to produce guidelines on tobacco taxes. 

Countries ban smoking in vehicles with children

Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children have been adopted in South Africa, Mauritius, Bahrain, Puerto Rico and in provincial or state governments in the US, Canada and Australia.

The laws help protect children from exposure to very high levels of tobacco smoke that can cause increased health risks like bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Status of parties’ payments for FCTC released

The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recently published the status of voluntary assessed contributions (VACs) provided by Parties to the FCTC budget.

The document provides an overview of payments made by individual Parties from 2006 until 2011 to finance the work of the Secretariat.

MPs pass Australia's plain packaging bill

An example of Australia's proposed plain packaging. Copyright Government of Australia.

Australian MPs on Wednesday approved legislation that would require plain packaging on tobacco products by 2012. The bill now goes to the Senate for reading. 

The legislation, the first of its kind in the world, forbids branding, logos, symbols and images on packaging and on cigarettes.

The bill and an explanatory memorandum acknowledge Australia's obligations as a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

First EMRO smoking cessation conference

Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) members recently held the first regional conference about smoking cessation in Jordan.

The conference is the first of its kind in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) region, and addressed guidelines to Article 14 (cessation) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which were adopted during last year’s fourth Conference of the Parties (COP4) in Uruguay.

Lebanon adopts tobacco control law

After five years of effort, Lebanon on Wednesday adopted a tobacco control law.

The law includes a full ban on smoking in all public places, a ban on all forms of ads and sponsorships, health warnings covering 40 per cent of both sides of cigarette packages and a maximum 20 percent of hotel rooms set aside for smokers.


Activists from Indy-ACT play soccer in front of Lebanon's Parliament in 2010 to symbolise how lawmakers were 'playing games' with tobacco control legislation. (c) Indy-ACT

It also promotes joint participation of the Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Interior, municipalities and civil society in order to ensure effective implementation of the law.

3 weeks left to lobby for FCTC implementation

Negotiations on the Political Declaration (formerly the Outcomes Document) to be adopted at September's UN Summit on NCDs were last week postponed until 1 September after UN Member States were unable to come to consensus on the key points: specific commitments – such as tobacco tax strategies – funding, and follow-up mechanisms.  

This move signals ominously the risk that the Summit might not result in strong action on NCDs in general and on tobacco control in particular. However, the delay in drafting provides us with an opportunity to ensure that this doesn’t happen. 

Big Tobacco's reaction to global tobacco control

A new study published in Tobacco Control examines how Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BAT) interpreted the relationship between tobacco control non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the policy-making process that ultimately resulted in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).  

It also examines how the companies have responded to global tobacco control policy-making. Findings are based on analyses of 506 internal tobacco industry documents released from U.S. litigation and posted online at the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library.

FCA gets consultative status at ECOSOC

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) granted special consultative status to FCA at its recent session.

This status will give FCA access to nearly all intergovernmental processes at the UN dealing with issues of interest to ECOSOC, including economic and social development, gender issues and sustainable development.

Latest tobacco control pictures

Every month Framework Convention Alliance members work hard in the fight for global tobacco control. See what our members in Palau, Bangladesh, UK and globally got up to during June and July 2011.

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