The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control


ASEAN: Far to go to prevent tobacco industry interference - report

A report released on 1 Feb 2014 on tobacco industry interference in South-East Asia comes to a sobering conclusion: “Countries still have a long way to go in implementing FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines.”

The guidelines are 8 recommendations (and 34 sub-recommendations) on how Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control should implement Art. 5.3, to prevent industry interference in policy making.

Now online: tobacco tax handbook

Cover of IARC's tobacco tax and price handbookThe handbook, Effectiveness of Tax and Price Policies for Tobacco Control, is now available online.

Published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the guide “presents an evidence based evaluation of the literature published to May 2010 on the effectiveness of tax and price policies in reducing the prevalence and consumption of tobacco use”.

Lack of political will, awareness revealed in African shadow reports

The cover of the 2012 shadow report of Tanzania's implementation of the WHO FCTCA lack of political will to implement tobacco control and little awareness of existing laws among the general public are common findings of 2012 shadow reports of African governments’ performances in implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Supported by FCA, civil society organisations analysed the implementation of the FCTC, the world’s only modern-day public health treaty. Other challenges they identified include:

Tobacco control rising – WHO 2013 report

In the past five years nearly 1.3 billion more people worldwide have become covered by a tobacco control measure in their country, says the latest report on the tobacco epidemic by the World Health Organization.

In total, more than 2.3 billion people –a third of the world's population – are now covered as fully as possible by at least one of six measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) singled out by the report, the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013.

Tobacco tax reform surged ahead in South-East Asia in 2012

SITT report 300413 bReform of tobacco taxation made great leaps in various South-East Asian nations in 2012, according to the annual report of the South-East Initiative on Tobacco Tax (SITT).

Milestones included passing the Sin Tax Reform Law in the Philippines; influencing tobacco tax policy in Indonesia using research-based evidence, and passing and implementing the pictorial health warning regulation in Indonesia.

The report documents a number of lessons learned, including the importance of (from the Philippines):

2010 Annual Report

In 2010, we marked the fifth anniversary of the FCTC, with 4 new ratifications. We also provided leadership, technical expertise and logistical support during 2010 for key FCTC negotiations and WHO meetings as well as regional working group and expert group meetings. FCA also contributed to strategic planning, policy brief writing, campaign development, and media campaigns. Prior to and during each meeting, we developed policy position papers, educational materials, and presentations that were made available to government delegates as well as NGO representatives.

Other topics covered in the FCA 2010 Annual Report
•    FCA’s role in the International Tobacco Treaty Process– the WHO FCTC
•    FCA Participation in FCTC Negotiation Sessions in 2010
•    FCA Tobacco Watch
•    Major FCA Campaigns in 2010
•    FCA Capacity Building Workshops
•    FCA Regional Coordination
•    Grants to Partners in Low Income Countries
•    FCA Website, Intranet, and Social Media
•    FCA's Presence at Major Conferences
•    FCA 2010-2013 Strategic Review and Planning
•    FCA’s New Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Priorities

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