The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Tobacco product regulation

Articles 9 and 10

Cigarettes kill about half of those who regularly smoke yet governments are just starting to regulate tobacco products.

One major concern is that flavours and additives are combined with tobacco products to make them more palatable and attractive, especially to young people. This can also add to consumers’ confusion about products’ harmfulness.

The more attractive tobacco products are, the more people will be tempted to consume them and then become addicted, leading to more deaths from tobacco-related disease.

It’s no wonder the tobacco industry is increasingly adding flavourings to its products. View flavoured cigarette packs from around the world.

FCA support for tobacco product regulation

The 4th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2010 adopted guidelines on regulating the contents of tobacco products and disclosures about such products. See FCA’s recommendations on tobacco product regulation in its policy papers.

The work of the FCTC COP

The FCTC COP adopted guidelines on Articles 9 and 10 at COP4 in 2010, limiting flavourings and other additives, and adopted additional guidelines for Articles 9 and 10 at COP5 in 2012.

The guidelines include provisions related to product information reporting requirements for tobacco industry to government; public disclosure of ingredients and other information; and cigarette flammability standards (the likelihood that cigarettes would start fires).

Countries pushing for tobacco product regulation

The tobacco industry has vigorously opposed regulation of tobacco flavourings, and led a massive misinformation campaign ahead of COP4.

For example, Brazil announced a ban on all flavouring in 2012 but it has yet to become law because of legal challenges from the industry. 

Canada’s province of Nova Scotia in 2015 became the world’s first jurisdiction to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products, including those flavoured with menthol. Four other Canadian provinces have since followed suit.

Ethiopia (effective September 2015) and Uganda (effective May 2017) have banned flavoured tobacco products including menthol.

Menthol cigarettes will be banned in the 28-country European Union, as well as in Turkey and Moldova, effective May 2020.

Support FCA’s work

FCA works hard to ensure tobacco products are regulated around the world. However, we are a non-profit and rely on the generous support of individuals and organisations.

You can help support our work on tobacco product regulation by donating online



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