The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

More countries integrating FCTC into legal systems

At least 51 jurisdictions have now incorporated the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control into their legislation, according to a paper recently published in the journal Tobacco Control.

In addition, courts in at least 27 jurisdictions have now referenced the FCTC in decisions.

In a recent example, the Court of Appeals of The Hague in March became the first court known to cite the FCTC as the primary legal justification for overturning a weak tobacco control law. The Court found that an earlier law that granted exceptions to smoke-free spaces in small cafes in the Netherlands contravened FCTC Article 8(2) on smoke-free spaces.

The paper highlights other important judicial decisions from Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Israel, Norway, Peru and South Africa.

The FCTC came into force in 2005 and now has 176 Parties, representing nearly 88 percent of the world's population.

The article also outlines the Tobacco Control online databases, which allow searching of tobacco control laws and litigation from around the world.

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