Reminder of obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC): Article 5.3

New Zealand is a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Article 5.3 of the FCTC sets out an obligation that ‘in setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect policies from the commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law’. The FCTC Guidelines for the implementation of Article 5.3 note in their first principle that ‘There is a fundamental and irreconcilable conflict between the tobacco industry’s interests and public health policy interests’.

The Ministry advises DHBs, Public Health Units and funded stop smoking services to decline any request and advise them of your intention, as a Crown Agency, to notify the Ministry of Health of their approach and your response.

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