The Issue in Brief
Negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organization, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control entered into force on February 27, 2005. According to the Preamble, the treaty seeks to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.”
O’Neill Institute faculty and staff worked with the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), an international NGO that works to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, representing more than 300 individual organizations across the globe.
In a partnership with their policy team, Allyn Taylor and O’Neill Institute staff developed survey instruments to measure the extent to which countries have enacted tobacco control laws, thus complying with their legal obligations under the treaty.
Professor Taylor and Karen Sokol also authored a paper for FCA on the contours of the authority of the institutional body established by the FCTC-known as the Conference of the Parties (COP)-to promote implementation of the State Parties’ obligations under Article 13 of the FCTC to control cross-border advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by the tobacco industry. Article 13’s obligations are a key component of the international legal regime created by the FCTC for the purpose of protecting the world community from the globalization of the tobacco epidemic and its devastating health consequences.