The Convention Secretariat calls Parties to remain vigilant towards novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products

By Mike Mozart from Funny YouTube, USA (No Vaping Sign) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Mike Mozart / [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The emergence in the global market of novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products has been discussed by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) since its third session (COP3) in 2008. The successive COPs have seen and discussed a series of technical reports, including those developed by WHO, and adopted a number of decisions that have the potential to guide Parties’ actions towards establishment of a regulatory framework for novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products and for monitoring their presence in the market.

According to the terminology used in reports submitted to the COP, the leading novel and emerging nicotine and tobacco products can be classified in three broad categories: electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) , electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS) and heated tobacco products (HTPs). Allowing such products to penetrate national markets without regulating them could threaten implementation of tobacco control strategies, as well as could undermine the denormalization of tobacco use upheld by the Convention.

Contribution of the Convention Secretariat to the technical Meeting to Promote an Exchange of Views on the Further Development and Implementation of the Integrated Strategy to Address Decent Work Deficits in the Tobacco Sector - Kampala, Uganda 3 – 5 July 2019

Convention Secretariat

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was negotiated under WHO Constitutional mandate, becoming the first modern framework convention with specific public health objectives, but also addressing the social, economic and environmental impact of tobacco. It currently covers more than 90 percent of the global population. It is an evidence-based treaty addressing both the supply and demand of tobacco products and reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health. It guides and informs the global tobacco control agenda and is a legally binding instrument.

The FCTC’s governing body, the Conference of the Parties (COP), comprises 181 Parties as of June 2019, 179 of which are ILO Member States. Parties to the Convention have further negotiated and adopted the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (the Protocol) which entered into force in September 2018, becoming a treaty in its own right. To date, the Protocol’s governing body, the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) comprises 53 Parties. Both governing bodies are served by the Convention Secretariat, an entity with programmatic independence hosted by WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, which is mandated as the global authority concerned with implementation of the FCTC and the Protocol.

The special supplement of Tobacco Control Journal on the WHO FCTC impact assessment now published

Secretariat of the WHO FCTC

At the Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in India, Parties to the Convention learned about the outcome of the impact assessment exercise of the treaty, carried out by a group of independent experts upon the mandate from the Conference of the Parties. Since then, the progress has by no means slowed down. The most recent data published in the World Health Statistics 2019 shows that between 2000 and 2016, the worldwide age-standardized prevalence of tobacco smoking among persons aged 15 years and older have decreased by 9 percentage points in men and 5 percentage points in women to reach 34% and 6%, respectively. This period covers most of the time range, during which the WHO FCTC has been enforced (the Convention entered into force in February 2005).

The supplement published today provides a snapshot of the WHO FCTC implementation status in 2016, and is an overview of the progress and impact of the WHO FCTC in its first 10 years of operation.

Upcoming events

26 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Second common meeting of the Bureaus elected by COP8 and MOP1 (Closed meeting)

26 – 27 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Second meeting of the Bureau elected by MOP1 (Closed meeting)

26 – 27 September 2019, Geneva, Switzerland – Second meeting of the Bureau elected by COP8 (Closed meeting)

8 – 10 October 2019, Montego Bay, Jamaica – Workshop on the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

30 October – 1 November 2019, Port Louis, Mauritius – 1st meeting of the working group TAPS under Article 13

18 – 19 November 2019, Bilthoven, Netherlands – Meeting to review the latest available scientific evidence on the impact of cigarette ventilation on cigarette use

21 – 22 November 2019, Bilthoven, Netherlands – Meeting of the Expert Group on Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO FCTC

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