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Resources

The following resources are meant to assist legal professionals and advocates in their work on tobacco control. Resources are available in four categories:


WHO FCTC and Related Resources

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

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.

For more information, see the FCTC Summary Fact Sheet and the Overview of Key FCTC Articles.

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.

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Legislation

Drafting Tobacco Control Legislation

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Litigation

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Other Resources

  • 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.

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