The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Kenyan civil society battles on

A campaign in favour of the regulationsEven as they await a crucial court ruling scheduled for 10 July, activists in Kenya continue to fight for tobacco control measures to be put in place.

The High Court is set to rule this week on whether the Kenyan Tobacco Control Alliance (KETCA) can become a party to the tobacco industry’s petition against proposed new regulations.

Dominican Republic alliance shines light on tobacco control

FCA's Americas Director Eduardo BiancoNow is the time for the global tobacco control community to encourage and support tobacco control in Dominican Republic. 

 By Dr. Samuel Ramos and Dr. Eduardo Bianco*

Dominican Republic is the only country in the Americas that did not sign the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). It’s no surprise: during negotiations on the Convention (2000-2003), tobacco industry representatives were part of the country’s official delegation.

Time to act: Post-2015 sustainable development agenda


On 26-27 May, civil society and the private sector gathered at the United Nations (UN) to share with governments their views on the post-2015 development agenda.

Civil society integral to new Palau body leading fight against NCDs

Civil society will play a key role in a coordinating mechanism set up by the Government of Palau to fight the death and disease caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs)*.

The mechanism was announced in May.

FCA member applauds Ukraine decision to drop WTO challenge

The Ukraine Government’s decision to suspend the country’s case before the World Trade Organization against Australia's plain packaging law marks a milestone, says the Ukrainian Smoke Free Coalition.

Canadian provinces first in world to ban menthol flavouring


Flavoured tobacco sold in Nova Scotia before the ban. @GlobalNewsCanadian provinces are leading the world in prohibiting the sale of menthol-flavoured cigarettes and other tobacco.

Billion-dollar Quebec decision should inspire more support for legal action

Class actions against the tobacco industry worldwide.This week’s decision finding tobacco companies liable for more than US$12 billion in damages to smokers’ health in the Canadian province of Quebec should inspire more governments to support legal action against the tobacco industry.

End deals with tobacco industry to curb smuggling in Europe


Tobacco companies are getting away with paying only a tiny fraction of the costs of smuggling in Europe based on deals they struck years ago to avoid prosecution. Those deals should end, says a new article in Tobacco Control journal.

Op-ed published on tobacco tax and sustainable development

An opinion article developed by FCA on tobacco taxation was published by IPS News on 26 May. 

Signed by Katie Dain, Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, the article argues for tobacco taxation to be highlighted as an effective domestic tool for financing sustainable development.

Congratulations WNTD Award winners!

FCA members are among those honoured with World No Tobacco Day Awards this year.

We congratulate all those who received awards in recognition of their achievements in tobacco control, in particular the following: