People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
In 2009 six new countries became Parties to the FCTC while 19 countries adopted 100% smokefree laws in all public places, with 100% smokefree regulations enacted at the subnational level in an additional 15 countries.
We also provided leadership, technical expertise and logistical support during key FCTC negotiations and WHO meetings, and participated in regional working group and expert group meetings. FCA conducted strategic planning, wrote policy briefs, and developed advocacy and media campaigns. Prior to and during each meeting, FCA developed policy position papers, educational materials, and presentations that were made available to government delegates as well as NGO representatives. FCA organized 10 national and regional workshops conducted in English, French or Spanish.
The work done by civil society made 2009 a productive and successful year – resulting in millions of lives saved in the years to come. However, much work remains in 2010 as more countries need assistance in their efforts to become smokefree, and to develop and implement strong guidelines on enacting advertising bans and effective anti-tobacco health warnings.
Other topics covered in the FCA 2009 Annual Report
• FCA’s role in the International Tobacco Treaty – the WHO FCTC
• FCA Participation in FCTC Expert Group Meetings in 2009
• FCA Participation in FCTC Negotiation Sessions in 2009
• FCA Capacity Building Workshops
• FCA Regional Coordination
• Grants to Partners in Low Income Countries
• FCA FCTC Monitor Projects
• FCA Intranet and Website
• Major FCA Campaigns in 2009
• FCA's Presence at Major Conferences
• FCA 2010-13 Strategic Plan