The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Fight against NCDs endorsed in global development agenda!

New goals for global sustainable development were adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, including the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets that form the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will drive the world’s efforts to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, improve health and wellbeing, and protect our planet over the next 15 years.

To measure SDGs’ progress, UN should track tobacco affordability

 

As the United Nations (UN) tracks progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years, it will monitor countries’ efforts to implement the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)*.

WHO should look into FCTC’s lessons learned on financing and taxes

 
Five years since the first United Nations Summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the lack of resources is undermining progress against the world’s number one killer diseases*.

Tobacco control and development planning: Lessons from the Americas

Civil society groups working on tobacco & development in the AmericasBy Esperanza Cerrón*, Carlos Farías** and Eduardo Bianco***

National development plans outline governments’ economic, social, cultural and environmental priorities, and determine how they spend their money. From 2014 to 2015, civil society organisations from Colombia, Peru and Uruguay worked to get strengthened tobacco control and action against non-communicable diseases (NCDs)Ɨ into these plans.

FCA backs EURO plan to improve FCTC implementation

FCA was part of the discussions at the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe this week.

The Alliance supported the roadmap of actions to strengthen FCTC implementation in the European Region to make tobacco consumption history.

New board members for 2016

Three new members will join the FCA board in January 2016.

During the 10th FCA General Assembly Elections in August three seats were contested: two of the six regional seats and one of the three at-large positions.

Tobacco use hinders development in many ways

Many people now know that tobacco use is the world’s number one cause of preventable death, responsible for over 6 million deaths each year. Thus, the link between tobacco use and the health goal* included in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is no surprise. 

The ‘plain packs’ battle in the UK – lessons learned

 
By Deborah Arnott

Chief Executive, Action on Smoking and Health

In 2010 a new coalition government came to power in Britain, committed to reducing the overall burden of regulation. By January 2014 it had already abolished or simplified 800 regulations, with 2,200 more due for the same treatment before it left office in spring 2015.

China: steady progress but huge challenges for tobacco control

By Xu Guihua

China is the world’s largest tobacco producer and consumer. One-third of the world’s smokers live in the country where tobacco control is a work in progress, but also a protracted war with the tobacco industry.

UN mission to Congo highlights importance of tobacco taxation

 

Members of the UN missionPolicy on tobacco taxation was a focus of a United Nations mission that visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in July.