Tobacco and trade
Other TitlesReport of an intercountry consultation, New Delhi, 3-4 October 2012
AbstractOver the past 20 years, with the liberalization of international trade, trade in tobacco and tobacco products has rapidly expanded. This has led to a corresponding rise in tobacco consumption across low- and middle-income countries since the 1980s, and poses a major threat to global public health. This phenomenon highlights the inevitable connection between international trade agreements and the tobacco control policies enshrined in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). An Expert Intercountry Consultation on Tobacco and Trade was held at the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, New Delhi on 3-4 October 2012. A total of 31 participants from the ministries of health, trade and, agriculture and legal offices from nine Member States as well as WHO staff from WHO country offices in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal attended. Recommendations for the Member States were: (1) establishing and strengthening coordination between the ministries of health and trade on policies and regulations on trade and investment relating to tobacco and tobacco products; (2) promoting advocacy on health perspectives of international and investment agreements; (3) strengthening full implementation of the WHO FCTC; (4) mobilizing more funds for tobacco control in the Member States; (5) ensuring law enforcement and public compliance; and (6) conducting research on health cost studies and alternative livelihood for tobacco farmers It was recommended that WHO should strengthen the capacities of Member States on health perspectives of international trade and investment agreements.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2013). Tobacco and trade. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/206493