ATCA works to promote the development and implementation of legal instruments and policies on tobacco control in the African region. This is carried out through its Pan-African network of civil society organizations using advocacy, capacity-building, partnership-building and other strategies.


ATCA works to promote the development and implementation of international, regional and national legal instruments and policies on tobacco control within the African region.


ATCA believes it is possible to

• Adopt comprehensive FCTC-compliant laws and policies across Africa

  • Have 100% smoke-free environments in Africa

• At least 50% pictorial health warnings in cigarette packages in all African countries

• Adopt both at country level and regional level tax policies that are consistent with the FCTC article 6 guidelines

• Integrate Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and tobacco control into development and health agendas and allocate appropriate funds from the national budget to tobacco control

• Promote NCDs and tobacco control agenda by targeting regional bodies


ATCA makes a difference

We have:

• Funded and supported legislation and policy campaigns in 10 sub-Saharan African countries.

• Trained more than 210 journalists, 150 tobacco control campaigners, 150 Members of Parliament on FCTC and tobacco control.

• Created 7 tobacco control network in seven sub-Saharan African countries.

• Provided grants to NGOs, Ministries of Health and regional blocks to implement FCTC at country and regional level.

• Supported 4 countries to draft NCDs Action Plans.

• Published  around 500 articles in newspapers.

• Supported media campaigns in countries like Botswana and Senegal.

• Supported tax increase in Togo, Benin, Niger tobacco levy in Botswana, etc.

• Placing NCDs and tobacco control high on the agenda of policy-makers in the WAEMU region.


What we do?

• We support our partners at country and regional levels to draft tobacco control legislations and policies.

  • We monitor the tobacco industry.
  • We conduct research and publish the findings to support policy change.
  • We publish independent information on tobacco use and its impact for governments and decision-makers, researchers, media, concerned citizens and other interested groups.

• We conduct tobacco taxation campaigns (increasing of tobacco tax and policy change).

• We provide technical assistance to our members and Governments through MoH.

• We provide leadership programmes on tobacco control.

• We assist our members on alliance-building and networking.

• We fund tobacco control projects (legislation, taxation, etc).

• We do media campaigns.





Article 8 of the WHO FCTC requires that Parties adopt and implement in areas of existing national jurisdiction as determined by national law and actively promote at other jurisdictional levels the adoption and implementation of effective legislative, executive, administrative and/or other measures, providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces, public transport, indoor public places and, as appropriate, other public places.