The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control


A guide to domestic implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

In 2003, member countries of the World Health Organization unanimously endorsed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the product of four years of inter-governmental negotiations.

The FCTC provides Parties with a considerable degree of leeway in implementing measures beyond those described in the treaty.

In addition, Parties have a fundamental legal obligation to interpret and implement the Convention in good faith. The obligation of good faith in the observance of international agreements is universally recognised and is included in Article 26 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.

SEATCA updates industry acts in S-East Asia

The Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) has produced a set of publications revealing tobacco industry strategies activities in South-east Asia.

“Tobacco companies have innovated their tactics so they can effectively reach their targets and have found ways to defeat the TAPS bans,” says one of the reports, Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship (TAPS) in South-East Asia.

Philip Morris International exposed

Tobacco giant Philip Morris exposed blocking FCTC’s lifesaving measures © Corporate Accountability InternationalTobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) is employing tactics to block the the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control's (FCTC) lifesaving measures,  says a report released Wednesday by Corporate Accountability International (CAI).

PMI held its annual shareholders' meeting Wednesday, welcoming the company's US$27 billion revenue in 2010.

NCD Alliance releases tobacco briefing paper

NCD Alliance report coverThe Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance distributed a revised version of its briefing paper on tobacco and NCDs - with in-depth inserts on 5 topics (see below) - at the UN Informal Interactive Civil Society Hearing in New York on 16 June. The original paper was released in Moscow on Wednesday 27 April, at the WHO Global Forum.

The paper calls for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to produce a healthier, more able and productive global population, and to increase the benefits of investment already being made towards achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

2010 national reports on FCTC implementation get results

The recent batch of reports on implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) at the national level highlighted both successes and shortcomings. Reactions to some reports were quick in coming.

In Ghana, requests for the national report were so numerous that emergency funds were released for a second printing in order to meet demand, especially from members of Parliament.

Big Tobacco's influence on health policy in the UK

In “A smokefree future”, the tobacco control strategy published in February 2010, the UK Government committed itself to “publishing the details of all policy-related meetings between the tobacco industry and any government official”. Just one week later David Cameron MP declared “I believe that secret corporate lobbying, like the expenses scandal, goes to the heart of why people are so fed up with politics. It arouses people’s worst fears and suspicions about how our political system works.”

It may, at last, be possible to consign to history the tobacco industry’s malign influence on health policy and this report illustrates just how vital that is. It only requires that commitments from all sides be honoured.

Download The smoke-filled room: How big tobacco influences health policy in the UK, published by ASH, here