The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control in pictures April 2011

Body builders promote smoke-free public places in Bangladesh (c) Pratyasha Throughout the world our members work hard in the fight for tobacco control.

This April:
•    Australia announces its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging – making it the first country in the world to implement plain packaging;
•    The Ukraine adopts a law to have picture warnings on all cigarette packages by October next year;
•    Bangladesh discusses the importance of installing smoke-free signs in public places and public transport; and
•    Bangladesh sports, government and anti-drug groups promote the message that non-smokers are healthy and fit, and that all playgrounds and sports ground should be smoke-free.

Australia set for toughest tobacco promotion laws

An example of the Australian Government's proposed plain packaging (c) Australian government

Australia could soon have the toughest tobacco promotion laws in the world if its plain packaging legislation is passed.

In addition, health warnings on packs of tobacco sold in the country are set to become the world’s largest when the new legislation comes into effect, which is scheduled for January 2012.

On 2 April 2011, the Australian Government announced its proposed design and legislation for plain packaging.

FCA’s shadow reporting expands

2010 was a success by many standards for Framework Convention Alliance’s (FCA) shadow reporting programme.

The global report Tobacco Watch was launched, and at the country level, national reports resulted in greater influence on policy making.

Ukraine to have picture warnings in 2012

This picture accompanies a Ukraine cigarette warning that says: "Smoking causes nicotine addiction. Do not start smoking. (c) ECThe Ukraine will have picture warnings on all cigarette packages by October next year, according to a law adopted on 4 April.

This is a great win for the region, and a crucial step in the country’s tobacco control process. The next step, according to the chairman of the tobacco control organisation Regional Advocacy Center "LIFE" Andriy Skipalskyi, is for the Ukraine government to ban all forms of tobacco industry advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Caribbean coalition launches Get the Message

Caribbean civil society organisations have launched Get the Message, a campaign that uses text messaging, Facebook and other social media to build popular support for the NCD Summit.  

The campaign, by the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, will focus on getting Caribbean residents to send messages from their mobile phones to show their support for the Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The aim is to pressure heads of Government in CARICOM (the Caribbean Community) to attend the Summit in New York on 19-20 September and to implement strategies to prevent NCDs and improve healthcare.

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).