People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- 12 May: World Health Assembly (WHA) requests the WHO Director General to consider the feasibility of developing an international instrument on tobacco control.
- 25 May: WHA requests the WHO Director General to initiate the development of a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
- 25 May: WHA decides to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body to draft and negotiate a FCTC, and a working group of WHO Member States to undertake preparatory work for the intergovernmental negotiating body.
- 25-29 October: First meeting of the FCTC Working Group.
- 27-29 March: Second meeting of the FCTC Working Group.
- 20 May: FCTC Working Group reports to WHA on proposed draft elements of the framework convention. WHA recognizes the report as a basis for initiating negotiations by the intergovernmental negotiating body, and requests the WHO Director General to convene the first negotiating session.
- 12-13 October: WHO conducts public hearings on the proposed FCTC.
- 16-21 October: First meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body.
- December 2000: Canada is the first country to require full-colour graphic warnings on cigarette packs.