World law and policy

The WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control – FCTC

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international treaty  negotiated under the auspices of WHO that was developed in response to the globalization of the tobacco epidemic.  The foreword to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) describes the Convention ‘as  an evidence-based treaty that reaffirms the right of all people to the highest standard of health’.

It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21 May 2003 and entered into force on 27 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.

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