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Protection from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry

New Zealand has an obligation under Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) when ‘setting and implementing public health policies with respect to tobacco control … to protect these policies from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry’. 

The internationally agreed Guidelines for Implementation of Article 5.3 recommend that parties to the treaty ‘should interact with the tobacco industry only when and to the extent strictly necessary to enable them to effectively regulate the tobacco industry and tobacco products’. 

To help us meet our obligations under the FCTC and ensure transparency, we ask all respondents to disclose whether they have any direct or indirect links to, or receive funding from, the tobacco industry.

Read more about the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.


Commercial interests include:

  • Tobacco retailer (small, medium, large).      
  • Tobacco manufacturer, importer, or distributor.      
  • Vaping or smokeless tobacco product retail. 



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