All the tobacco industry’s tactics and interference with public policy-making are aimed at increasing tobacco consumption and are detrimental to public health. The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and its Parties acknowledge that the tobacco industry represents a serious threat to the achievement of the Convention’s goals and objectives. Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC calls on Parties to protect public health policies from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry. All governmental sectors - including direct administration, with the executive, legislative and judicial branches, as well as indirect and autonomous administration - are bound to comply with Article 5.3.
Through the Final Political Declaration of the UN High-level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases the global leaders recognized in 2011 the fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests, similar to the Guidelines for the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 adopted by the WHO FCTC Conference of Parties in 2009. This technical resource presents information to support the implementation of the Article 5.3 Guidelines by sharing practical action steps and best practices and examples applicable to the implementation of Article 5.3. This technical resource should be used in association with the text of the WHO Framework Convention and with its Article 5.3 Guidelines.
- Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- Guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable disease prevention and control
- Reports published by WHO Tobacco Free Initiative analyze different aspects of the industry's strategies.