People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The fifth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP5) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) took place in Seoul, Republic of Korea, 12–17 November 2012. Delegates have a responsibility to use the meeting to advance global tobacco control and help change these trends. We created a video to remind delegates that they must work wisely! Watch the video above. This video is also available in Mandarin, French, Spanish, Russian and Korean.
Below you'll find Bulletins, documents and articles relating to the meeting.
- COP5 decisions (bottom of page)
- COP5: Strong outcomes for implementation of global tobacco control
- COP5 in pictures - view highlights from the COP
- Exposed – industry reps as COP5 delegates
- Industry’s dire warnings deconstructed
- Travel cuts threaten poor countries with more tobacco exposure
- 176 Parties to the FCTC, not 27
- Australia ranks first with labelling - release of Cigarette package health warnings international status report
- Press Release: COP5 parties must adopt taxation and illicit trade measures
Gagnam Style goes Geum Yeon (No Smoking) Style
Watch the video below of Korean Association on Smoking or Health (KASH) and university students in a flash mob outside KT&G’s offices using the song ' Gang Nam Style' to call attention to Big Tobacco’s interference with public health. © KASH
- Day one: Issue 117 in English / French (pg 1 only) / Spanish (pg 1 only)
Inside: ITGA misleads farmers & undermines COP; Death, taxes and tobacco; Interpol application for observer status raises questions; Financial Action Task force and illicit tobacco trade.
- Day two Bulletin issue 118 in English / Spanish (pg 1 only) / French (pg 1 only)
Inside: the road to Article 6 guidelines; European study shows illicit trade not directly related to prices; implementing packaging and labeling reforms; tobacco control - an essential component of global development; Is the Czech declaration a reservation?
- Day three Bulletin issue 119:English / Spanish (pg 1 only) / French (pg 1 only)
Inside: implementation working group; FCTC travel support policy; fight fire with fire; India’s tobacco tax system: simplifying tax structure; committee B considers implementation review mechanisms; and picture health warnings.
- Day four Bulletin issue 120:English / Spanish (pg 1 only) / French (pg 1 only)
Inside: 176 Parties to the FCTC, not 27; reducing big tobacco’s control over agriculture, cigarette affordability rises in Sri Lanka without tax policy; alternative outlook on tobacco growers’ livelihoods in Brazil; Chile tabacos genera crisis en la agricultura; let’s think about the baby girl.
- Day five Bulletin issue 121: English / Spanish (pg 1 only) / French (pg 1 only)
Inside: Last chance in Seoul; is codentify complying with the tracking and tracing obligations under the ITP?; tracking Illicit trade in South East Asia; comments on the TISA study on leaf economics.
- Day six Bulletin issue 122: English / Spanish (pg 1 only) / French (pg 1 only)
Inside: The roller-coaster ride ends well (probably); Approve the Working Group on sustainable implementation; Art 5.3: protecting against industry interference; Exposed – Industry Reps as Delegates; Paraguay y el control del tabaco: Un futuro preocupante; A ray of sunshine for use of revenues for tobacco control; Tobacco industry interference and intimidation of the Kenya delegation to COP; Debats houleux sur la couverture des frais de voyage des delegues de pays a revenus faibles et intermediares; Travel support; Thank you.
Policy briefings (zip files)
Policy briefings (individual files)
- Guide to FCA's COP5 documents
- FCA Policy Briefing: The illicit trade protocol
- FCA Policy Briefing: Article 6 draft guidelines
- FCA Policy Briefing: Article 6 guidelines – side-by-side analysis
- FCA Policy Briefing: Adoption of additional guidelines for implementation of Articles 9 and 10
- FCA Policy Briefing: Article 17 and 18 draft policy options and recommendations
- FCA Policy Briefing: Article 19 - holding the tobacco industry liable for its illegal acts
- FCA Policy Briefing: Smokeless tobacco
- FCA Policy Briefing: Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
- FCA Policy Briefing: FCTC reporting arrangements
- FCA Policy Briefing: Mechanisms of assistance and financial resources
- FCA Policy Briefing: International cooperation for FCTC implementation
- FCA Policy Briefing: South-South cooperation for FCTC implementation
- FCA Policy Briefing: Cooperation with WTO on trade-related issues
- FCA Policy Briefing: Voluntary Assessed Contributions (VACs)
- FCA Policy Briefing: Travel support
- FCA Policy Briefing: FCTC budget and workplan: 2014-2015
- FCA Policy Briefing: The Role of the FCTC Bureau
Backgrounders (individual files)
- FCA Backgrounder: Potential partners for ITP implementation
- FCA Backgrounder: Tracking and Tracing (Article 8): Draft protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products
- Tobacco taxes success story - MEXICO
- Taxation and price - Countering industry claims
- SOUTH AFRICA - Tobacco tax success story
- TURKEY - Tobacco tax success story
- UNITED KINGDOM - Tobacco tax success story
- UKRAINE - Tobacco tax success story
- USA - Tobacco tax success story
- Taxation and price - Types of taxes
- Cigarette affordability
- Taxation and price - Essential facts
- VIDEO: Work Wisely - FCA's message to COP5 delegates
- Budget and workplan of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
- Implementation of the FCTC: a collective challenge in need of a collective solution
- CLOSE THE RESOURCE GAP - Fix the FCTC’s Mechanisms of Assistance
- FCTC TRAVEL POLICY - FCA believes that the reduced ability of some Parties to participate in FCTC meetings may significantly affect COP negotiations. Without representation, low-resource Parties will be unable to express their views. To read more, check FCA's overview of the implications of the COP4 decision for each WHO region
FCTC Secretariat documents