The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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.

Ukraine one step closer to larger package warnings after committee vote

Andrii_Skipalskyi, Chairman, Advocacy Center Life On 7 Oct 2015, the healthcare committee of Ukraine’s Parliament approved a draft law that calls for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco packages.

The law, based on a 2014 European Union directive, is staunchly opposed by the tobacco industry, whose representatives attended an intense committee session on 7 Oct. The measures in the draft law include:

Officials roll up sleeves, deliver int'l cooperation on tobacco control


Just days after the United Nations General Assembly included tobacco control in the world’s new sustainable development agenda, officials from several governments rolled up their sleeves and embarked on international cooperation for tobacco control at a meeting in Uruguay.

Tobacco triumph in trade deal

WASHINGTON, DC –
5 October 2015 – In a major victory for public health, negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement concluded this morning with built-in protections to prevent private corporations from suing governments over anti-tobacco regulations.

World's first tobacco tax index

Southeast Asian countries are moving at a snail’s pace in implementing effective tobacco tax policies, says the world’s first tobacco tax index, launched by the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA).

Despite global recognition that high tobacco taxes can reduce consumption and the tobacco-related disease burden, while also raising government revenues, most countries do not have a long-term tobacco tax policy, concudes the index.