People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Having negotiated the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and brought it into force, the real challenge for the Parties is to bring the Convention to life through strong implementation of their commitments.
The success of the FCTC in achieving its objective of protecting present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke (Article 3) will depend on Parties' ongoing commitment to effective implementation of its provisions.
Monitoring of implementation, including regular sharing of detailed information about progress in implementation, is critical in ensuring that this commitment is maintained and effectively acted upon. It allows Parties to learn from each other's experiences in implementation – both successes and failures – and facilitates monitoring of implementation, including by individual Parties, by the Conference of the Parties (COP) - the FCTC's governing body, made up of all the Parties to the Convention - and by civil society.