CARICOM session on tobacco industry interference - Session 3

CARICOM session on tobacco industry interference - Session 3
CARICOM tobacco industry FCTC 2030


  • Day: Wednesday, 17 March 2021
  • Time: 10:00am EST, Washington DC [click here for your time zone]
  • Duration: 3 hours

This session will be subregional in scope and provide further information on the WHO FCTC Article 5 (sections 1 and 2), including a panorama of country efforts, specifically Jamaica, Guyana and Grenada, challenges faced, and tools for developing country plans.

Simultaneous interpretation (English and French) will be provided.


Welcome video for the Subregional CARICOM Session




Country experiences




Presentations and documents from the session

Agenda for Session 3

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome

  • Objectives of the session
    • Dr. Francisco Armada, Tobacco Control Advisor, PAHO

10:15 - 10:20 Pop-up quiz, PAHO

10:20 - 10:45 Tobacco industry interference

  • Tobacco industry interference tactics at the global and regional level
    • Video by the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3 
  • Tobacco industry interference tactics in the Caribbean countries
    • Ms. Barbara McGaw, Healthy Caribbean Coalition

10:45 - 11:45 Panel: Country experiences

  • Format: Pre-recorded videos by the panelists lasting 5 minutes will be presented, then they will be available for a 30-minute live panel
  • Moderator: Dr. Elisa Prieto, NMH Advisor, PAHO - CPC
  • Jamaica: Including provisions on the WHO FCTC article 5.3 in the national tobacco control bill (2020) under development
  • Guyana: Implementing the Tobacco Control Act 2017 (provisions on the WHO FCTC article 5.3) 
  • Grenada: Including provisions on the WHO FCTC article 5.3 in the draft national tobacco control bill (2019) 
  • Implementation of the WHO FCTC Article 5.3 in the UK, including for overseas diplomatic posts
    • Ms. Alison Walker, Department of Health and Social Care – UK
  • Final thoughts (5 minutes each):Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle, Programme Manager, Health Sector Development, Directorate of Human and Social Development, CARICOM Representative;and Mr. Gustavo Sóñora, Director of Tobacco Control for Latin America, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)

11:45 - 11:50 Break

11:50 - 12:05 Overview of countries’ efforts in strengthening of capacity in terms of public policies to counter the tobacco industry interference (WHO FCTC art. 5.3)

  • Subregional panorama
    • Dr. Francisco Armada, Tobacco Control Advisor, PAHO
    • Mr. Daniel Lopez, Tobacco Control Consultant, PAHO

12:05 - 12:30 Working groups

  • Drafting a protocol for managing conflict of interest and interactions with the tobacco industry
    • Mr. Daniel Lopez, Tobacco Control Consultant, PAHO 
    • Ms. Debby Sy and Ms. Laura Salgado, WHO FCTC Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3

12:30 - 12:40 Q&A, PAHO

12:40 - 12:45 Pop-up quiz, PAHO

12:45 - 13:00 Conclusions and end of the meeting

  • Dr. Francisco Armada, Tobacco Control Advisor, PAHO 
  • Ms. Rosa Sandoval, Unit Chief a.i., RFN/NMH, PAHO 
  • Mr. Daniel Lopez, Tobacco Control Consultant, PAHO 
  • Ms. Diana Ceron, Tobacco Control Consultant, PAHO 


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