The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Request for Proposals: FCA Website

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is seeking proposals to redesign its website and develop a membership database. Bids are to be submitted to the Communications Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by January 23, 2018.

For more information, please download the Request for Proposals FCA Website (RFP).

FCA Participates in Global NCD Alliance Forum


Over 300 civil society delegates from 68 countries participated in the second Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Forum. They shared insights on fighting NCDs ahead of the third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018. Francis Thompson, FCA Executive Director, Tih Ntiabang FCA Regional Coordinator Cameroon, Dr. Eduardo Bianco, FCA Regional Coordinator Uruguay, Mischa Terzyk, FCA Policy and Advocacy Officer and other FCA members attended the Forum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates from 9-11 December 2017.

Warning: Recent Spam Emails Disguised as FCA Job Offer

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is warning its partners and the general public of on-going phishing scam emails purporting to come from its Executive Director. The FCA name and logo are being fraudulently used to offer fictional employment to unsuspecting individuals.

Notice of the 2017 FCA General Assembly

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) General Assembly (GA) will take place virtually from December 8 to 15, 2017. There are no elections planned this year to renew the Board, with the longest serving representatives entering their fourth year and no Board positions being up for renewal.

The Chairperson of the FCA Board of Directors, Nonguebzanga Maxime Compaoré encourages all FCA members to review the annual Board report and to provide feedback (approval or non-approval) and comments during the GA. Further details on this process will be provided to FCA members on December 7.

ILO to Reconsider Cooperation with Tobacco Industry

The International Labour Organization (ILO), the last UN agency accepting funding from the tobacco industry for its activities, postponed the decision on its future relationship with the industry, failing to act despite persistent calls from the Workers’, Asia-Pacific and European groups, and many countries of the Americas. The ILO will revisit the issue of cutting ties with the tobacco industry in March 2018 at the 332nd Session of the Governing Body in Geneva.

The FCA calls on the ILO to take all the necessary steps to develop an “integrated ILO strategy to address decent work deficits in the tobacco sector” that produces tangible results and is sustainable without funding from the very industry responsible for the exploitative working conditions that foster child labour.

FCA calls on ILO to cut ties with Tobacco Industry

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) joins the calls on the International Labour Organization (ILO) to end its cooperation with the tobacco industry. The FCA is amongst the initial signers of an open letter to the members of the ILO Governing Body that are due to vote on the matter during their meeting in Geneva from 26 October – 9 November 2017. The ILO is one of the last UN agencies to follow the recommendation of the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) to refuse any form of collaboration with the tobacco industry. On its date of publication (16 October), more than 180 organisation had signed the open letter to the ILO.

 

Statement by the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

The global tobacco control community remains deeply concerned by the creation of the so-called “Foundation for a Smoke-Free World”, funded exclusively by the multinational tobacco company, Philip Morris International (PMI).

In its 14 Oct. issue, The Lancet published four pieces on the Foundation, including one by its head, Derek Yach.“The articles in the most recent issue of The Lancet have, if anything, raised our level of alarm,” said Francis Thompson, Executive Director of the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control (FCA). The FCA is a global alliance of nearly 500 member organisations in more than 100 countries.

FCA notes that there is a long and tragic history of tobacco companies funding questionable research to delay effective measures to reduce deaths from smoking. Aware of their lack of credibility on health, Philip Morris and other tobacco companies also have a lengthy track record of paying third parties to advance their arguments and providing funds for what they describe as independent research efforts.

Plain packs proliferating

Global map of tobacco plain packaging, 2017

Plain packaging has been adopted in 8 countries and is under consideration in at least 15 other jurisdictions, a major increase from less than one year ago.

On 1 July, Norway joined Australia, France and the UK as countries that have implemented plain packs. Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand and Slovenia have all set dates for the measure, starting with Ireland on 30 Sep 2017.

TobaccoUnmasked at Sri Lanka observatory

CCT Director Mahesh RajasuriyaThe information portal for the newest tobacco control observatory, designed to inquire into and document tobacco industry interference in public health policy-making, opened in July in Sri Lanka. TobaccoUnmasked (tobaccounmasked.lk) is part of the Centre for Combating Tobacco (CCT), which opened in 2016 at the University of Colombo, in Sri Lanka. We spoke to the CCT’s Director, Dr Mahesh Rajasuriya.

ECOSOC resolution challenges tobacco lobby

At first glance, tobacco control is one of the most successful fields in public health policy. Since 2003 there has been a unique international treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been embraced by almost every UN member state, and the dangers of smoking are undisputed.