Developing A Strong Framework For Tobacco Control

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Friday, November 1, 2002
Michelle Grant
The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) has worked with government delegates to create a secure and effective framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that is based on evidence and that protects and promotes public health. The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is a diverse alliance of non-governmental organizations from around the world who are working jointly and separately to support the development of a strong Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and related protocols. The Alliance includes individual NGOs and organizations working at the local or national level as well as existing coalitions/alliances working at national, regional and international levels. The Framework Convention Alliance was formed out of the need for improved communications amongst group already engaged in work around the FCTC process and the need for more systematic outreach to NGOs not yet engaged in the process, particularly in developing countries, who could both benefit from and contribute to the creation of a strong FCTC. Nevertheless, the effort to develop an effective convention has encountered a powerful lobby of economic interests who are quite experienced and clever with respect to defending their livelihood. The proponents of an effective smuggling enforcement regime. History shows that the establishment of such anti-smuggling or contraband regimes resulted in criminal gangs to smuggle what was previously legal.