The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Global tobacco control efforts lagging

Efforts to combat the global tobacco epidemic are falling behind despite strong progress in some countries, according to a new Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) report.

The report, Tobacco Watch, focuses on a few key tobacco control measures required under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and its release coincides with the Fourth Conference of the Parties to the FCTC (COP-4), held in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Flavoured tobacco products around the world

A flavoured US cigarette pack.Articles 9 and 10

Tobacco flavourings are an increasingly important part of tobacco industry marketing, particularly to young people. Flavourings enhance attractiveness, encourage youth initiation, and discourage cessation.

This issue, which is covered by the Article 9/10 guidelines of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), will be addressed at the upcoming Fourth Conference of the Parties. View images of some flavoured tobacco products and advertising from around the world.

US to implement bold cigarette health warnings

A proposed US cigarette health warningArticle 11

The US will implement nine new larger and more noticeable text and graphic warnings on cigarette packets and advertisements by the end of 2012.

The warnings are part of the country’s new tobacco control strategy to help tobacco users quit and prevent children from starting. The warnings also mark the most significant change in 25 years to tobacco control in the US, which is not a Party to the global tobacco treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Brazil backs tobacco product regulations

Articles 9 and 10

Brazil has announced it will support positive measures to reduce tobacco consumption during the fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4).

Among the measures the country will support is the prohibition of tobacco flavours and Burley tobacco. However, the Brazilian government will suggest that every country upholds the ban as the way they think best.

Tobacco control in pictures

Pakistan bus ads.Throughout the world FCA members work hard in the fight for tobacco control. September/October 2010 saw Iran destroy 180 million illegal cigarettes; Pakistan introduce anti-tobacco advertising on public buses; and tobacco control activists in Bangladesh call for all tobacco products to be included in the country’s tobacco control law.

To learn more view the image slideshow on Flickr with caption details or browse the images on the next page.

Get social with the FCA

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is getting social online, and we’re asking you to join us.

To help spread the word about tobacco control (TC) and connect TC advocates, the FCA has launched two social networking sites – Facebook and Flickr. If you have either accounts and want to keep up-to-date with FCA and its members’ activities then please join us.

Growers' association attacks FCA

It appears that Framework Convention Alliance's (FCA) advocacy on behalf of draft guidelines to control the tobacco flavourings that make cigarettes more palatable, including to potential young smokers, has got under the skin of an organisation with links to the tobacco industry.

The guidelines on Articles 9/10 of the global tobacco treaty, the FCTC, will be discussed by the Conference of the Parties in Uruguay in November. The guidelines suggest that countries “restrict or prohibit” tobacco flavourings because of their attraction for potential smokers. But the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA), which says it represents “millions” of farmers, has mounted a campaign characterising the guidelines as an attempt to ban various types of tobacco, particularly burley. The impact, it says would put millions of farmers out of business.

Tobacco companies exploit Bangladesh TC law

Tobacco control activists call for all tobacco products to be included in Bangladesh’s tobacco control law (c) Aminul Islam Ripon, WBB Trust Article 5.3: industry interference

Big tobacco companies are exploiting loopholes in Bangladesh’s tobacco control law by promoting tobacco products that are not cigarettes.

Bangladesh tobacco control law defines tobacco products as cigarettes only, which allows the tobacco industry to promote other products containing tobacco that are just as hazardous to people’s health. These include zarda, sada-pata, gool, cigars and the mixer used in pipes.

Iran takes on tobacco smuggling

Iran government official destroying illegal cigarettes © Mahdi Marizad FARS News Agency

Article 15: illicit trade

Iran’s government recently destroyed 180 million illegal cigarettes, worth $560,000, south of Tehran in an effort to combat tobacco smuggling.

Since Iran implemented health warning labels on cigarette packages in early 2009 and increased tobacco taxes, the country has experienced an unprecedented influx of smuggled tobacco products.

FCA member wins World No Tobacco Day award

Lutgard Kokulinda (centre) accepts the WNTD 2010 award – on her left is Tanzania’s minister for health and right is the WHO country representative.The World Health Organization (WHO) has awarded Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum’s (TTCF) executive director Lutgard Kokulinda with its World No Tobacco Day 2010 award.