The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

How civil society influenced TPP negotiations over tobacco

On 5 October 2015 the world’s largest trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), was signed. It includes 12 countries and applies to roughly 40 percent of the world’s economy. Notably, sections that limit governments’ powers to regulate products have been specifically exempted in the case of tobacco as a result of intense lobbying by civil society*.

Civil society unites to boost fight against killer diseases

Civil society groups from around the world have pledged concrete steps in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs*).

Meeting in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 13-15 November, the Global NCD Alliance Forum pledged, among other actions, to:

Dutch court loss produces a win

Image: Youth Smoking Prevention FoundationA court in the Netherlands has denied a civil society suit against the government for its contacts with the tobacco industry, but the action produced a new policy that lays out rules for future interactions.

Smoke, and win a trip

British American Tobacco (BAT) is enticing consumers in Democratic Republic of Congo with a possible trip to Brussels if they buy the company's Stella brand of cigarettes.

Posters announcing the contest are plastered throughout the city of Goma, reports FCA member Safe Environment and Enhanced for All (S.E.A.) in a letter to DRC's Minister of Health.

World’s largest health warnings

Cigarette package in Thailand with graphic health warningThe list of countries where tobacco packages have the world's largest graphic health warnings has changed, reports the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS). See the list below.

In addition, effective 20 May 2016, all 28 European Union countries will have to require picture warnings covering 65 percent of the package front and back.

For a more comprehensive ranking of 198 countries/territories as of Sept. 2014, see the list here.

JOB: Associate Director, International Research, CTFK

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids seeks an Associate Director of Research for the International Advocacy Resource Centre.

Beware ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns SEATCA

South-East Asian governments should be wary of recommendations in the ASEAN Excise Tax Reform manual, warns an FCA member organisation.

Released by the International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC), the manual promotes the interests of the tobacco industry and should not be considered a tool to help governments, says the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Pacific Islands newsletter #3, 2015

Read the latest tobacco control news from the Pacific Islands in the 3rd newsletter from 2015. Contents include:

Financing the fight against NCDs

NCD Alliance Executive Director Katie DainIn 2011, non-government organisations (NGOs) provided more aid to fight non-communicable diseases (NCDs) than did bilateral donors.

And they gave almost as much as multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a new article in The Lancet Diabetes Endocrinology.

Tobacco cessation tools online

A package of tools created to assist countries that are developing or refining support for people who are trying to stop using tobacco is now online.

Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is devoted to tobacco cessation. Following the adoption of Article 14 guidelines in 2010, many countries began developing (or further developing) their support for cessation.