These tools have been developed based on the Guidelines for the Implementation of Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control FCTC Article 5.3
What is your government’s level of compliance: Quick Test
QUICK SELF-TEST: Government Agencies: Role in Tobacco Control
Name of Department: _____________________________
Is your agency concerned with public health policy in relation to tobacco control? Find out more by answering the questions below
IS YOUR AGENCY INVOLVED IN:
- The development or approval of policies, programs, and projects that may be related to tobacco control?
- The development and/or implementation of health-related policies and programs?
- The promotion of the welfare of vulnerable sectors including protecting the sector’s health?
- The development or implementation of policies on tobacco taxes and/or licenses (e.g., collects taxes or fees on tobacco and related products or proposes measures that affect the rates of taxes, fees, and duties)?
- The registration and licensing of or collection of any type of information from tobacco companies?
- The development or implementation of government policies relating to the promotion of integrity, transparency, and accountability of public officials?
- The interpretation and enforcement of relevant laws or policies such as tobacco-regulation laws (e.g., smoking bans, advertising bans, tobacco smuggling, tax evasion), as well as laws that promote integrity, accountability, and transparency of public officials?
- The development and implementation of policies, plans, and programs relating to the alleviation of poverty and attainment of targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
HAS YOUR DEPARTMENT:
- Signed any contract with the tobacco industry?
- Accepted, supported, or endorsed policy drafts from the tobacco industry? Given awards to the tobacco industry?
- Entered into partnerships or agreements with the tobacco industry? Received contributions from the tobacco industry?
- Given any privilege, incentives, or benefits to the tobacco industry? Participated in tobacco industry’s “socially responsible” activities?
- Allowed any publicity of tobacco industry’s so-called “socially responsible” activities?
- Allowed interaction with the tobacco industry that is not strictly necessary for effective regulation?
If you checked any of the above, then your agency could be a target of the tobacco industry.
For purposes of answering this questionnaire, the term “tobacco industry” refers to:
“Organizations, entities, associations, and individuals that engage in work for or on behalf of the tobacco industry, such as, but not limited to, tobacco manufacturers, wholesale distributors, importers of tobacco products, tobacco retailers, and any other individual or organization that work to further the interests of the tobacco industry, including their lawyers, scientists, or front groups.”
Source: WHO FCTC Article 5.3 Guidelines
Which existing policies protect your government: Check List
If your office contributors, to tobacco control, then it should be promoting awareness of tobacco industry interference. Find out by answering the questions below.
- Does your office conduct any of the following activities?
- Continuously and consistently raises awareness of policies relating to WHO FCTC Article 5.3.
- Informs and educates all branches of government and the public about the addictive and harmful nature of tobacco products, the need to protect public health policies from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry, and the strategies and tactics it uses.
- Raises awareness about the tobacco industry’s practice of using individuals, front groups, and affiliated organizations to act, openly or covertly, on its behalf or to take action to further its interests.
- Ensures that all branches of government and the public are informed and made aware of the true purpose and scope of the so-called corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities of the tobacco industry.
- Collects and exchanges knowledge and experience among pertinent agencies with respect to tobacco industry practices.
- Monitors compliance with policies to counter tobacco industry interference, and supports the exchange of information to promote international cooperation in accordance with the WHO FCTC.
- Engages the support of NGOs and other members of civil society (not affiliated with the tobacco industry) in monitoring tobacco industry activities as well as government’s compliance with policies to counter tobacco industry interference.
Case studies and checklist for developing a strategy
Templates on comprehensive 5.3 policy, requiring relevant information from the tobacco industry and code of conduct.
Monitoring and evaluation