Good country practices in the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines
In 2008, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) adopted Guidelines1 to assist Parties in their implementation of Article 5.3. Since then many Parties have made progress and established measures to protect their policies from interference by the tobacco industry. However, many Parties continue to report that tobacco industry interference persists and is the single biggest challenge to tobacco control efforts. In 2016, the Convention Secretariat’s report to the Conference of the Parties at its seventh session (COP7), Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC, noted that the tobacco industry remained the greatest barrier to implementation of the convention for a number of Parties.2 The tobacco industry continues to prevent, weaken and delay effective implementation of the convention and also to engage in and interfere with international organizations. The report acknowledged the need for additional measures to counter such efforts.