The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Take action: support the advertising ban set for Ukraine

Cigarette brand promotion on side of carry bag in Ukraine.The Ukraine parliament is set to ban all tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion.

Although tobacco advertising is banned in commercial print media (business to business is allowed), outdoor areas, radio and TV; it is still allowed in all types of indirect advertising such as: promotional activities (free cigarettes distribution, tests, contests and lotteries), sponsorship events (youth concerts, discos and parties), point-of-sale advertising, online and corporate social responsibility programs.

African NGOs meet COMESA on Articles 9&10

 The African tobacco control NGO delegation outside COMESA headquarters.A delegation of African tobacco control Non Government Organisations (NGOs) recently met staff of a sub-regional government body to discuss its opposition to partial guidelines relating to tobacco control product regulation.

Under the auspices of the African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), the delegation met trade and public relations staff from the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), at their headquarters in Zambia. This followed meetings with tobacco control focal points from the Zambian Ministry of Health and the local WHO office.

Nigerian Senate passes Tobacco Control Bill

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday passed a strong Tobacco Control Bill that should change the way tobacco is consumed in the country and the manner in which the tobacco business operates.

The bill will shortly go for a “reconciliation conference” of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and then for presidential assent.

Early 2011 tobacco control images

Throughout the world our members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

The beginning of 2011 saw tobacco control advocates get involved with World Cancer Day, people in Bangladesh push tobacco packaging health warnings and smoke-free laws, and women in DRC learn about the link between cervical cancer and smoking.

Latin American coalition takes on NCDs

A new coalition of Latin American civil society organisations has joined forces to develop a declaration that recognises the grave impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.

More than 40 organisations make up the group – called the Healthy Latin American Coalition (HLAC).

FCTC launches implementation database

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Secretariat has launched its WHO FCTC Implementation Database.

The database stores Parties’ responses to the Secretariat’s official questionnaires relating to phase one (two years) and phase two (five years) following the entry into force of the FCTC in their country or region.

FCA Board of Directors elected

Please see below the results of the 2011 elections for the FCA Board of Directors. The expiry year of the board member's term is in brackets; all terms end on 31 December. 

Report on pack warning labels translated

The Canadian Cancer Society's Updated report on pack warning labels is now available in Arabic, Chinese, French and Portuguese. Versions in English, French and Spanish were previously available.

The report summarises international cigarette package health warning requirements by country/jurisdiction, including both Parties and Non-Parties to the WHO FCTC. The report is an update of a 2008 report which ranked 140 countries based on the size of the warnings on cigarette packages.

The 2010 report ranks 175 countries/jurisdictions based on warning size, and lists countries/jurisdictions that require picture-based warnings.

Read previous FCA article on the report here

Victory! UN agrees to NCD Summit taskforce

Thanks to FCA and NCD Alliance pressure, the UN will create a civil society taskforce for its summit on NCDs during 19-12 September 2011.

This is a great victory so thank you to everyone who took part in this action by sending a letter to heads of state calling for the taskforce. However, we need to pressure heads of government even further by asking them to appoint an NCD champion to work with the taskforce.

Please help us increase the pressure by sending a letter to your head of government. You can download a copy of the letter and more information here. The letter is also available in French and Spanish.

TC law protects Honduras from tobacco epidemic

Honduras' comprehensive tobacco-control law took effect earlier this week - helping protect its citizens from tobacco use, one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics.

Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP) joins international health advocates in congratulating Honduras for enacting the comprehensive law.