07 Aug 2008
The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world’s first modern-day global public health treaty. It is also the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO). The treaty entered into force in February 2005. It was signed by 168 of the 192 WHO member states and more than 180 WHO member states have become parties to the convention. The FCTC provides an internationally co-ordinated response to combating the tobacco epidemic, and sets out specific steps for governments addressing tobacco use, including:
- Adopting tax and price measures to reduce tobacco consumption;
- Banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship;
- Creating smoke-free work and public spaces;
- Putting prominent health warnings on tobacco packages;
- Combating illicit trade in tobacco products.