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WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Creator:

World Health Organization (WHO)

Subject Keywords: Measures relating to the reduction of demand and supply of tobacco
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Type: Framework
Region: International (other)
Description:

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization. The WHO FCTC is an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. The WHO FCTC represents a paradigm shift in developing a regulatory strategy to address addictive substances; in contrast to previous drug control treaties, the WHO FCTC asserts the importance of demand reduction strategies as well as supply issues.
 
The WHO FCTC was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic. The spread of the tobacco epidemic is facilitated through a variety of complex factors with cross-border effects, including trade liberalization and direct foreign investment. Other factors such as global marketing, transnational tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and the international movement of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes have also contributed to the explosive increase in tobacco use.

Date:

21/05/2003

Rights: © World Health Organization
Suggested citation:

World Health Organization (WHO). (2003) WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/82895 [Accessed: 22nd February 2020].

  

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