Report: Consultation on Tobacco Addictiveness Reduction Measures
Berlin, Germany, 15–16 May 2018
On 15-16 May 2018, WHO and the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) conducted a face-to-face meeting on Tobacco Addictiveness Reduction Measures in Berlin, Germany, in accordance with Decision FCTC/COP7 (14).
The main purpose of the meeting was to consider the current and emerging knowledge base, and to explore the potential benefits and challenges of developing and implementing regulatory interventions to reduce the addictiveness of tobacco products, in particular the conditions that would support or impede success in doing so. The meeting brought together 43 experts representing all WHO regions and a range of disciplines, as well as representatives of civil society, in order to review the feasibility, risks, negative consequences, opportunities and benefits of addictiveness reduction measures, through the identification of consequences, barriers, exploration of country experiences and other relevant topics related to tobacco addictiveness reduction measures, including nicotine addictiveness.
The meeting did not aim to reach a consensus on any of the issues that were raised at the meeting, but rather to map them out for discussion. These discussions formed the basis of this report, cited in the progress report on technical matters related to Articles 9 and 10 of the WHO FCTC to the eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the WHO FCTC (FCTC/COP/8/8).
The report highlights the key outputs of the various expert meeting discussions and articulate next steps.