18 Aug 2008
Draft guidelines for implementation of Articles 9 and 10 of the FCTC (product regulation) have been prepared by a Working Group of Parties for consideration by the Conference of the Parties in November 2010 (COP-4).
A recommendation in section 188.8.131.52(i) of the guidelines to “either prohibit or restrict” flavouring substances has received considerable opposition from the tobacco industry.
Despite tobacco industry lobbying, such a recommendation is entirely reasonable, necessary and worthy of support.
Although the tobacco industry may wish to have the unregulated freedom to use chocolate, fruit, sugar, candy, ice cream and other flavourings to improve product attractiveness, what the tobacco industry wants is incompatible with public health.