International Issues

Unless urgent action is taken, tobacco will kill 8 million people a year by 2030, 80 percent of them in developing countries. We know how to win the fight against tobacco. Science and experience have identified proven, cost-effective solutions that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

Tobacco Control Treaty

The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) entered into force on February 27, 2005 and is one of the most widely adopted treaties in the United Nations system.

The FCTC is a legally binding treaty that requires countries bound by the treaty — or Parties — to implement evidence-based measures to reduce tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke. There are 174 Parties to the FCTC as of January 2012. When effectively implemented, the FCTC is a powerful tool to reduce the devastating global consequences of tobacco products on health, lives and economies.

Tobacco Control Laws/Litigation

Tobacco Control Laws is an interactive website designed for advocates, researchers, legal professionals, and other members of the public interested in tobacco control to access information about tobacco control legislation and litigation worldwide.