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What is the WHO FCTC? 

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international public health treaty negotiated under WHO auspices. The WHO FCTC, which was negotiated over four years and came into force on 27 February 2005, was developed in the recognition that a global strategy was needed to confront a global epidemic that countries cannot address through domestic legislation alone. The WHO FCTC contains guidelines and requirements for the implementation of the most cost-effective tobacco control measures available.

Key provisions that parties to the WHO FCTC will be required to implement include:

  • A comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion to be implemented within five years;
  • Strong health warnings on tobacco packaging that cover at least 30% (and ideally 50%) of the principal display areas within three years;
  • Protection from secondhand smoke in all indoor workplaces and public places and in public transportation; and
  • Measures to reduce the smuggling of tobacco products.

The treaty also addresses a number of other issues, including the disclosure and regulation of ingredients in tobacco products, sale of tobacco products by or to minors, treatment for tobacco addiction, research and exchange of information among countries and promoting public awareness. 

To download the text of the treaty, please visit the following link.

Link to Official Site:

How to become a Party to the Convention?

Treaty ratification status in the Americas Region

What is the Conference of Parties?

Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

Upcoming Events related to the WHO FCTC


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