On 6 October 2018, the eighth session of the WHO FCTC (COP8) adopted important decision that will strengthen the implementation of Article 5.3 and protect public health measures from tobacco industry interference. Among the issues included in this decision are:
- to foster international cooperation by requiring the tobacco industry to provide information on its activities such as research, marketing, lobbying including policy submissions, funding of third parties/nongovernmental organizations, and by making such information publicly accessible;
- to further enhance policy coherence within governments and require that all government sectors comply with the requirements of Article 5.3 and reflect the same in positions put forward in different governing bodies of the United Nations system;
- to seek assistance on implementing Article 5.3 and its guidelines from the Convention Secretariat’s Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3, and utilize the resources made available, including observatories; and,
- to promote, in international and regional organizations in which they are represented, particularly those working on SDGs and NCDs, the adoption of policies to prevent tobacco industry interference.
For full decision, see PDF.