The following resources are meant to assist legal professionals and advocates in their work on tobacco control. Resources are available in four categories:
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which entered into force on February 27, 2005, has set the policy framework internationally for tobacco control.
Guidelines have been developed to assist Parties in meeting their obligations under the WHO FCTC. To date, eight sets of Guidelines have been adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the WHO FCTC:
- Article 5.3 – Protection of public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry
- Article 6 – Price and tax measures to reduce demand for tobacco control
- Article 8 – Protection from exposure to tobacco smoke
- Article 9 and 10 Partial Guidelines – Regulation of the contents of tobacco products and regulation of tobacco product disclosures
- Article 11 – Packaging and labeling of tobacco products
- Article 12 – Education, communication, training and public awareness
- Article 13 – Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
- Article 14 – Demand reduction measures concerning tobacco dependence and cessation
The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, the first Protocol to the Convention, was adopted on November 12, 2012. It is currently open for ratification, acceptance, approval or accession by the Parties to the WHO FCTC.
WHO FCTC Party Reports
In addition, Parties to the WHO FCTC are required to submit reports on WHO FCTC implementation to the Convention Secretariat on a semi-annual basis. Parties’ reports are available on the Implementation Database.
- Tobacco Control Laws Legislation Database – Find legislation from over 200 countries and jurisdictions and read in-depth analyses of legislation from almost 100 countries.
Drafting Tobacco Control Legislation
- Essential Elements of Tobacco Control Legislation Series – The series summarizes the WHO FCTC Articles 5.3, 8, 11, and 13 Guidelines – and the key legislative elements identified in them – to assist in drafting WHO FCTC–compliant legislative provisions for Protecting Against Tobacco Industry Interference (FCTC Article 5.3); Smoke Free Places (FCTC Article 8); Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship (FCTC Article 13); and Tobacco Packaging and Labeling (FCTC Article 11) measures.
- Template for Effective Tobacco Control Legislation – A companion to the Essential Elements series, the template contains evidence-based provisions for a comprehensive tobacco control law.
- WHO Tobacco Free Initiative Legislation Page provides links to key resources related to tobacco control legislation and the legislative process.
- WHO Regional Office for Europe Tobacco Control Database offers access to and a detailed legal description of legislation from countries in the region.
- WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Region Country Legislation provides links to relevant legislation from countries in the region.
- Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) provides access to tobacco control legislation for ASEAN countries.
- Tobacco Labelling Resource Centre provides rich, comprehensive, and practical information on effective, evidence-based labeling policies, with links to laws.
- Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report (5th edition), Canadian Cancer Society, October 2016.
- Manual for Developing Tobacco Control Legislation in the Region of the Americas, Pan American Health Organization, 2013.
- Also available in Spanish.
- WHO FCTC Article 5.3 Toolkit: Guidance for Governments on Preventing Tobacco Industry Interference, Matthew Allen, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 2012.
- Tobacco Control Laws Litigation Database – Explore over 975 decisions and brief summaries from 60 different countries.
- Global Litigation Victories highlights several significant decisions upholding tobacco control policies.
- Tobacco Industry Watch – U.S. Courts: Big Tobacco Guilty as Charged provides information about the U.S. government lawsuit against major tobacco companies for violation of civil racketeering laws.
- WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub on Legal Challenges at the McCabe Centre for Cancer and Law serves as a public resource on legal challenges to implementation of the WHO FCTC.
- The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law’s Global Tobacco Program provides many resources on litigation and tobacco control.
- Eye on the Trials provides a running commentary on lawsuits against tobacco companies currently pending before courts in Canada.
- Public Health Law Center offers a summary of tobacco control litigation in the United States and related publications.
- SmokeLitigation.org provides searchable summaries of more than 600 legal cases in the United States regarding smoking in the workplace and other places.
- Tobacco Control Litigation: Broader Impacts on Health Rights Adjudication, Oscar Cabrera & Juan Carballo, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Spring 2013.
- Tracking the relevance of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in legislation and litigation through the online resource, Tobacco Control Laws, Monique E. Muggli et al., Tobacco Control, 2013.
- Tobacco Industry Strategy in Latin American Courts: A Litigation Guide, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, February 2012.
- Also available in Spanish.
- TobaccoTactics is an academic resource that monitors the tobacco industry and charts its influence in public health, scientific research, and policy regulation.
- Tobacco.org tracks media reports around tobacco control worldwide.
- Tobacco Industry Documents Library provides access to 14 million documents created by tobacco companies about their advertising, manufacturing, marketing, scientific research, and political activities.