People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Articles 9/10 guidelines of the WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be discussed at COP-4. The guidelines suggest that countries “restrict or prohibit” tobacco flavourings because of their attraction for potential smokers.
However, the International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA), which says it represents “millions” of farmers, has mounted a campaign characterising the guidelines as an attempt to ban various types of tobacco, particularly burley. The impact, it says would put millions of farmers out of business.
Not surprisingly, the ITGA is linked to tobacco industry - learn more through the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and PATH Canada.
Below is a list of FCA documents responding to the ITGA’s misinformation campaign
- Misinformation about tobacco flavours
- Facts about tobacco flavourings
- Growers' association attacks FCA
- Examples of flavoured tobacco products (PDF flie)
- Image slideshow: Flavoured tobacco products from around the world
- COP-4: guidelines for FCTC Articles 9/10