Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tobacco Control Measures

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tobacco Control Measures

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Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) called for tighter regulation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), including banning them or restricting their promotion, advertising and sponsorship.

The move came at the sixth session of the Conference of Parties (COP) in Moscow from 13 to 18 October in response to a WHO report released at the end of August proposing regulatory action to limit the use of e-cigarettes. These public health measures aim to stop people starting to use e-cigarettes as well as to protect bystanders from inhaling their vapours.

The COP, the governing body of the international treaty comprising 179 countries, decided that tax rates should be monitored, increased and adjusted annually, taking inflation and income growth into account, as tobacco taxation is a known means of reducing smoking. Such measures should apply to all tobacco products including water pipes and smokeless tobacco, the COP agreed.

The 179 countries also decided that tobacco products should be taxed in a comparable way to prevent substitutions of the use of one product with another.

Measures to restrict interference from the tobacco industry in control efforts were also decided. …

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