The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Report suggests youth cessation strategies


Young smokers in Europe are not utilising cessation programs despite wanting to quit (c) Campaign for Tobacco-Free KidsMany young smokers in Europe are not utilising cessation programs despite wanting to quit, a new report has found.

According to the ACCESS report, recruitment strategies are neglected when organisations develop youth smoking cessation interventions.


FCA congratulates Uruguay

FCA congratulates Uruguay for its courage in confronting the threat from the Philip Morris International tobacco company, and for its successful running of COP-4.

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COP-4 delivers progress on global tobacco control

Uruguayan health minister Daniel Olesker walks through an installation of enlarged model cigarettes.

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the global tobacco treaty has ended with major achievements for public health, despite unprecedented efforts by the tobacco industry to block any treaty progress.

The 172 Parties to the treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), rebuffed a months-long, global industry campaign and approved guidelines on tobacco flavourings and additives (Articles 9 & 10).

Lifting the smoke screen on big tobacco

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released its investigative report into the tobacco industry’s global lobbying campaign.

The investigation, called Smoke Screen – big tobacco’s global lobbying campaign, traces how multinational tobacco companies, faced with stagnant sales and health-conscious governments in developed nations, have targeted expansion in developing countries and emerging markets.

More countries using large pictorial health warnings

Pictorial health warningLarger picture health warnings on tobacco products are becoming an increasing trend, according to a new report released during COP-4 by tobacco control groups.

The report, Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report, provides an international overview ranking 175 countries/jurisdictions based on warning size, and lists those that have finalised requirements for picture warnings. Regional breakdowns are also included. The report lists sizes on both the package front and back, recognising that the front is more important due to greater visibility.

Latin America progresses in fight against tobacco

Articles 8 and 11

During the last few years great progress has been made in the fight against tobacco in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a shadow report released by the InterAmerican Heart Foundation.

According to the report, since October 2010 the most significant achievements in the region have been the implementation of Article 11 (packaging and labelling of tobacco products) and Article 8 (protection against tobacco smoke).

COP-4 in pictures

Death clock unveiling.The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) marked its presence at the fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-4) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by unveiling a 'Death Clock'.

During COP-4 the clock will keep a rolling tally of the number of people worldwide dying of tobacco-related diseases. View more pictures by clicking the 'read more' link below.

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.