The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

East Africa corruption just the start for BAT, say FCA members

FCA members in Africa and Asia say allegations of corruption by British American Tobacco in East Africa should prompt investigations into the company’s conduct elsewhere.

The BBC-TV programme Panorama reported on 30 Nov. that BAT illegally bribed politicians and civil servants in East Africa to undermine anti-smoking legislation.

Civil society cheers Philip Morris loss on Australia's plain packaging

Example of plain packagingCivil society groups on Friday cheered news that Philip Morris had lost its latest challenge to Australia's laws requiring plain packaging of tobacco products.

The company claimed the laws violated trademark provisions in an Australia-Hong Kong investment agreement, but a tribunal ruled that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case. 

Raising awareness results in higher tobacco taxes in Iran

Educating policy-makers about the impacts of tobacco taxation is an effective way to get taxes raised, found a recent study in Iran.

Looking back and looking forward

By Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, Chair, FCA Board of Directors

2015 was a landmark year in our common fight to end the global tobacco epidemic. Not only has it been 15 years since formal negotiations began for the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and 10 years since the treaty entered into force, but this year also saw the United Nations adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Canada, Hungary latest additions to global plain packs map

Much has happened since we published the first plain packs map in April 2015.

Canadian province leads in tobacco package warnings

Tobacco control legislation adopted in the Canadian province of Quebec on 26 November sets one global precedent and is among world leaders in another measure.

The law, which strengthens existing legislation, will require the world’s largest minimum surface area for package warnings: 4,648 square millimetres (46.5 square centimetres).

Event provides push toward a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025

In 2013, Ministers of Health from the Pacific island countries (PICs) set an ambitious goal of a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025. While the PICs have made great progress in tobacco control recently, including adopting tax increases, establishing smoke-free spaces, enacting packaging and labelling laws, and establishing regulations for licensing, creating a Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025 will be tough.

81x more tobacco marketing in poor countries

Cigarette kiosk in SenegalPeople living in poor countries were exposed to 81 times more tobacco advertisements than those in high-income countries, found a research report released on 1 December.

Chad has Africa's largest pack warnings

New tobacco pack warnings in ChadChad now has the largest graphic health warnings on tobacco packages of any country in Africa. Warnings must cover 70 percent of the front and back of packs. 

The packs were on retail shelves the week of 23 November 2015. 

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*.