The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

WTO panel cites FCTC in trade dispute

For the first time, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute resolution panel has pointed to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) as evidence of the scientific merit of a public health regulation.

While the case did not centre on the FCTC or on the question of how trade law relates to it, the decision is seen as significant by legal scholars.

Neither Indonesia nor the United States, the two parties to the dispute, are Parties to the FCTC.

October 2011 tobacco control pictures

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

Click an image below to see what our members got up to in October.

Sourcing funds for health promotion

Find out how countries can benefit from sustainable funding for health promotion through the latest report from the Southeast Asia Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT).

The report, titled Lessons Learned in Establishing a Health Promotion Fund, also outlines how tobacco taxes can provide the  source for a promotion fund, and how to set up and utilise funds effectively.

FCA’s five proposals for FCTC mechanisms of assistance

To date, more than 170 countries have become Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Moreover, the recent Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) calls in unequivocal terms for the accelerated implementation of the Convention.

Yet continuing challenges to the FCTC’s effective implementation – particularly lack of funding and capacity for tobacco control in low-resource countries – are undermining the success of the tobacco control movement to date.

Take Action to follow up the NCD Summit

By FCA Director Laurent Huber

Exactly one month ago, an important milestone in the global acknowledgement and response to  non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including tobacco use as one of its key risk factors, was achieved by Member states adopting a Political Declaration at the UN High-level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs in New York.
 
While civil society around the world celebrated the outcome of the HLM, it is critical now to rigorously follow up with governments on their commitments made, particularly on tobacco control.

TC advocates in Bangladesh campaign for graphic warnings

Visitors look at graphic warnings for tobacco packages during the exhibition in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka. (c) Iqbal Masud.

Tobacco control advocates in Bangladesh recently organised a three-day campaign to advocate for graphic warnings on tobacco packages. The event culminated in pledges from government ministers to support proposed amendments to the current tobacco control law.

The campaign included an exhibition of warning labels from various countries, a press conference, a rally, and three seminars on various aspects of pack warnings. Each seminar was attended by a cabinet minister or state minister and members of Parliament.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Industry Minister, who gave his complete support to the proposed amendments to the law. This was widely reported in the media.

Gulf nations agree graphic warnings for 2012

Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to put graphic warnings on tobacco packages starting in August 2012.
 
The law to be enforced by the six-nation GCC (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman) includes graphic warnings on boxes of tobacco used in hookah pipes and other smoking tools.

FCA member gets huge Canadian grant for tobacco control research

Professor Geoff Fong has received a C$7.4 million operating grant for the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project (ITC Project). The ITC is an FCA member.

The five-year grant (2011-16) is the largest ever rewarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). It builds on a $3.88 million grant awarded for the ITC in 2005.

The project studies the impact worldwide of tobacco control policies in the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), in order to provide evidence to policy makers.

Data from tobacco survey in Poland released

The first public use dataset of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Poland, 2009-2010 has been released.

GATS is a component of the Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS), of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It provides a global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use, and tracks key tobacco control indicators.

Canada to boost package warnings – inside and out

One of the new warnings covering 75 per cent of the cigarette package. © Health Canada

The Canadian Government has approved new regulations that will increase the size of health warnings on packages of cigarettes and little cigars from 50 to 75 per cent of the back and front surfaces. 

All packages will also include full-colour, picture-based messages inside the package, making Canada the only country to require messages on the interior and exterior.