TEMPLATE: Requiring Information from the Tobacco Industry

Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) obligates the state to protect its public health policies against the commercial and other vested interest of the tobacco industry. The guidelines for the implementation of Article 5.3 recommend that Parties develop policies requiring transparent and accurate information about the activities and practices of…

POLICY TO REQUIRE INFORMATION FROM THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY

Various government agencies require different types of information from the tobacco industry as part of their operations. For instance, production, income, and assets are reported to the national revenue authorities as well as the local authorities for taxation purposes and for the granting of permits, respectively. The various guidelines adopted by the Parties for the…

RECOMMENDATION 8

REGULATION OF STATE-OWNED TOBACCO ENTERPRISES TREAT STATE-OWNED TOBACCO COMPANIES IN THE SAME WAY AS ANY OTHER TOBACCO INDUSTRY This recommendation addresses specific situations where the government, whether deliberately or inadvertently, encourages tobacco industry investments. This reflects a defiance of the treaty-based commitments to tobacco control. Hence, governments must: a. Enact laws that remove the tobacco…

CASE STUDY: THAILAND

Thailand has a state-owned enterprise (a.k.a. Thai Tobacco Monopoly). Its Ministry of Finance (MOF) is the agency that handles the tobacco enterprise under its excise tax department. The MOF’s interests are represented in the inter-agency National Committee on Tobacco Control—headed by the Ministry of Public Health (MPH)—whose members include representatives from education, public relations, and…

TEMPLATE: Revised Guidelines for Hiring of Personnel

TO: FROM: SUBJECT: Revised Guidelines for Hiring of Personnel Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) obligates the state to protect its public health policies against the commercial and other vested interest of the tobacco industry. The Guidelines for the Implementation of Article 5.3 recommend that Parties develop clear policies requiring…