People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- The International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC) is a U.S.-based non-profit research and education organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. ITIC describes itself as an independent clearinghouse for best practices in taxation and investment policy that provides “its sponsors a seat at the policymaking table.”
- ITIC’s main sponsors are large multinational corporations from the oil, alcohol and tobacco industries. ITIC’s sponsors include all of the leading transnational tobacco companies, and its Board of Directors includes representatives from BAT, PMI, JTI and Imperial Tobacco.
- Internal tobacco industry documents made public through U.S.-based litigation settlements in 1998 disclose that ITIC has long played a role in facilitating the tobacco industry’s access to government officials. For example, a 1997 internal R.J. Reynolds memo describes ITIC’s role in assisting RJR and PMI in favourable tax reform in Russia.
- ITIC provides advice to governments on tobacco tax issues. They hold workshops and meetings and provide technical advice through paid experts. They sponsor reports on illicit trade, producing illicit trade estimates with poorly defined methodology and often exaggerated rates of illicit trade. ITIC uses their workshops, contacts and research to push for tax systems and rates that benefit the industry over public health.
This fact sheet answers two questions:
1. What is the ITGA? Who does the ITGA represent?
2. Why is the ITGA excluded from deliberations of the WHO FCTC?
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Since 2010, travel support available to FCTC Parties has been officially harmonised with WHO administrative policies (decision FCTC/COP4(21)).
As a result, many Parties are no longer eligible to receive support to participate at COP sessions, working groups and other official meetings.
Official travel support for governments should be reviewed again at the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
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Download the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and Tobacco Farming PD in English, French and Spanish:
- THE WHO FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON TOBACCO CONTROL AND TOBACCO FARMING
- LA CONVENTION-CADRE POUR LA LUTTE ANTITABAC DE L’OMS ET LA CULTURE DU TABAC
- EL CONVENIO MARCO PARA EL CONTROL DEL TABACO DE LA OMS Y EL CULTIVO DEL TABACO
Download factsheets for International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA): Frequently asked questions in English, French and Spanish:
- INTERNATIONAL TOBACCO GROWERS’ ASSOCIATION (ITGA)
- L’ITGA (ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DES CULTIVATEURS DE TABAC)
- ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE PRODUCTORES DE TABACO (ITGA)
The budget of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the total projected cost of the Convention’s workplan. It is established at each regular session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) for the next two-year period (biennium).
At COP6, the Parties will review the interim performance report for the 2014-2015 budget and workplan as well as adopt a budget and workplan for 2016-2017.
At COP6, Parties should clearly voice their preferred priorities for the FCTC’s 2016-2017 workplan. They should also take full advantage of the rules of procedure, which require that the administrative, financial and budgetary implications of all substantive agenda items must be submitted to the COP6.
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- Budget & Workplan of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- Prespuesto y plan de trabajo del Convenio Marco para el Control del Tabaco
- Budget et plan de traveil de la Convention-cadre pour la lutte antitabac
Article 5.3: Protection of tobacco control policy from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry
Price and Tax
Article 6: Price and tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco
Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
Article 13: Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
Article 15: Illicit trade in tobacco products
Packaging and Labelling
Article 11: Packaging and labelling of tobacco products
Alternative Livelihoods and Environments
Article 17 & 18: Provision of support for economically viable alternative activities and protection of the environment and the health of persons in respect of tobacco cultivation and manufacture
- Implementation Monitoring