The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC) is a combination of the academic discipline and global outreach of the School of Global Studies at the Thammasat University and the culmination of the decades-long experience of the leaders of Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) in countering tobacco industry interference to move tobacco control measures at the country, regional, and global levels.

At GGTC, we aim to tackle the single greatest obstacle in tobacco control implementation: tobacco industry interference. With the tobacco industry’s evolving tactics, governments, advocates, and international bodies are caught off guard.

The most compelling tool to counter these tactics is embodied in Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its guidelines for implementation. Article 5.3 of the Convention requires that “in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law”.


With the support of the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand, GGTC was designated by the WHO FCTC Secretariat as the Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3 to support the Convention’s global mandate to protect public policies from tobacco industry interference.

The Seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP7) requested the Secretariat to establish a Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3 to promote international cooperation and coordination between relevant experts, other Knowledge Hubs and Observatories.

As Knowledge Hub for Article 5.3, GGTC:

  • Responds to regional economic groupings in the development of innovative ways to engage non-health sectors nationally, regionally and globally;
  • Assists Parties upon request in developing strategies to counter tobacco industry interference in bilateral, regional and global relations to promote global awareness of Article 5.3;
  • Supports Parties in developing strategies to counter the tobacco industry’s misleading information related to the WHO FCTC and tobacco control;
  • Promotes mechanisms for technical assistance and tools to assist in the implementation of Article 5.3 at the country-level.

GGTC is committed to work with the Secretariat and other relevant bodies to globally develop, analyze, synthesize and disseminate knowledge and information on Article 5.3 and its guidelines for its implementation through online materials, trainings, meetings and missions.


GGTC’s mission is to provide the world with strategies and tools to counter tobacco industry interference and promote policy coherence in tobacco control at the national, regional, and global levels.
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Parent Organizations

GGTC - Our Origin

School of Global Studies, Thammasat University

The School of Global Studies, housed in Thammasat University, one of Thailand’s oldest and premier university, is a new and innovative academic initiative and a front runner in global health and social innovation within Thailand, Southeast Asia, and beyond with a track record of excellent research on determinants of the public’s health, student centered teaching, and academic service relevant to community needs.

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GGTC - Our Origin

Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance ( SEATCA )

SEATCA is a WHO World No Tobacco Day awardee, that has two decades of success in assisting developing nations in countering tobacco industry interference (TII). Its pioneering employment of multi-sectoral regional meetings has led to development of anti-TII policies from non-health sectors, including for example the Philippine Civil Service Commission’s “Protecting the Bureaucracy against TII” and the Indonesian Ministry of Education’s Tobacco CSR Ban. SEATCA’s multi-disciplinary expertise, campaign strategy and collaborative actions have been instrumental in monumental policy shifts, including the exclusion of tobacco control measures from the inter-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) of the Transpacific Partnership Agreement and removal of TI sponsorship from the International Trade and Investment Center. It initiated the TI Interference Index, a global civil society index on TII intensity, which serves as the most potent advocacy tool in challenging TII in the region. Started in ASEAN, the index has now been adopted by the Pacific Islands and EMRO countries and is being considered by governments and NGOs in SEARO.

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Executive Team

Dr. Nuntavarn Vichit-Vadakan


Ms. Bungon Ritthiphakdee

Executive Director

Dr. Mary Assunta

Head of Global Research & Advocacy

Atty. Deborah Sy

Head of Global Public Policy and Strategy

Ms. Laura Salgado

Global Campaign Coordinator


GGTC values the work it does with its partners in strategically expanding joint efforts against the tobacco industry.

Bloomberg Philanthropies STOP

Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP) is a global tobacco industry watchdog whose mission is to expose the tobacco industry strategies and tactics that undermine public health. STOP is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and its promise of global industry monitoring was well-received by the tobacco control community which broadly sees a need for a dedicated actor in this area.


Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth), an autonomous state agency, acts as an innovative enabler with the mission to inspire, motivate, coordinate, and empower individuals and organizations in all sectors for the enhancement of health promotion capability as well as public policy.

The Union

The Union is a global scientific organisation with the mission to improve health among people living in poverty. For close to 100 years, The Union has been a leader in the fight against some of the world’s biggest killers, including tuberculosis, lung diseases and tobacco use. Since 2007, The Union has co-led the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use grants programme, working with partners in low- and middle-income countries to support implementation of evidence-based policy change.

University of Bath

The Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) at the University of Bath (UK) is an internationally renowned team of academics and professionals led by Professor Anna Gilmore. Recognized globally for its work on the tobacco industry, it is at the forefront of the emerging field of commercial determinants of health and home to TobaccoTactics. Drawn from many disciplines, the team researches and analyses tobacco-industry behavior using diverse methodologies, from big data to investigative research. The impact of the team’s work has been recognized globally with awards including the Public Health Advocacy Institute Award and the WHO World No Tobacco Day Award.

Vital Strategies

Vital Strategies is a global health organization that believes every person should be protected by a strong public health system. We work with governments and civil society in 73 countries to design and implement evidence-based strategies that tackle their most pressing public health problems. Our goal is to see governments adopt promising interventions at scale as rapidly as possible.

WHO FCTC Secretariat

The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the world’s first public health treaty negotiated under the WHO constitutional framework and is currently legally binding in 180 countries and the European Union. The Convention aims to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, economic, social, and environmental impact of tobacco and requires implementation of a comprehensive set of supply and demand reduction measures to this effect.

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