The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Health Canda releases tobacco package warnings

On 18 February, Health Canada released the full set of 16 exterior warnings, 8 interior messages, as well as 4 toxic emission messages for the side panel. 

These can now all be in seen on Health Canada's website:

Tobacco control events in parallel with women’s commission

A number of events related to tobacco use have been scheduled during the 55th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. They include:

Free workshop - Working Our Rights Away: Women and Child Laborers on Tobacco Farms in Kenya Speak Out

Bangladesh public transport goes smoke-free

All public transport vehicles in Bangladesh must display no-smoking signs or they will not be able to renew their licenses, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently announced.

BRTA made the announcement as a follow-up to a seminar in December on the importance of smoke-free public transport.

Advocacy's role in creating a smoke-free Mexico City

A recent article in Tobacco Control found that the coordinated efforts of advocates and policymakers led to the successful implementation of Mexico City’s 100 per cent smoke-free law. The study outlines the development of the smoke-free law, identifies major implementation challenges faced, and describes the actions taken by advocates to ensure success.

Major Challenges

•         The hospitality industry claimed the 100 per cent smoke-free law would hurt their business and that designated smoking rooms were unconstitutional and impractical.
•         At the federal level, a weaker smoke-free law required designated smoking rooms and allowed the tobacco industry to create confusion among restaurant and bar owners about which law should be followed in Mexico City.
•         Two pro-tobacco legislators in Mexico City filed a Supreme Court lawsuit against the constitutionality of the 100 per cent smoke-free law.

See the abstract here.

NCDs and women's health and development

The NCD Alliance will host a side event to mark the launch of its new publication on women and NCDs. Panellists will discuss:

  • Girls and women’s unique vulnerability to the socio-economic determinants and risk factors of NCDs;
  • Impact of NCDs on the health and socio-economic position of girls and women;
  • The importance of women’s empowerment for the prevention of the global NCD epidemic;
  • The implications for current policies and practices;
  • The opportunity of the forthcoming UN High-Level Summit on NCDs in September 2011.