The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

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

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.

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.