People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Under Article 14.1 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Parties agree to develop and disseminate appropriate, comprehensive and integrated guidelines based on scientific evidence and best practices, and to take effective measures to promote cessation of tobacco use and adequate treatment for tobacco dependence.
Towards this end, Article 14.2 requires Parties to endeavour to design and implement (in such locations as educational institutions, health care facilities, workplaces and sporting environments) effective programmes aimed at promoting the cessation of tobacco use, and to endeavour to establish (in health care facilities and rehabilitation centres) programmes for diagnosing, counselling, preventing and treating tobacco dependence.
Article 14.2 also requires Parties to endeavour to include diagnosis and treatment of tobacco dependence and counselling services on cessation of tobacco use in national heath and education programmes, plans and strategies, with the participation of health workers, community workers and social workers as appropriate.
Parties agree under Article 14.2 to endeavour to collaborate with other Parties pursuant to Article 22 (Cooperation in the scientific, technical, and legal fields and provision of related expertise) to facilitate accessibility and affordability for treatment of tobacco dependence, including pharmaceutical products (which may include medicines, products used to administer medicines, and diagnostics).