FCTC Article 9

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Article 9 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) recommends measures to regulate the contents and emissions of tobacco products and the methods by which they are tested and measured [1]

Guiding Principles

The Conference of the Parties (COP), in consultation with competent international bodies, proposes guidelines for testing and measuring the contents and emissions of tobacco products, and for the regulation of these contents and emissions. Each party of the treaty should adopt such testing and measuring, according to the existing laws.[1]

Advantages

This supports in developing effective tobacco product regulation. Tobacco product regulation has the potential to contribute to reducing tobacco-attributable disease and premature death by reducing the attractiveness of tobacco products, reducing their addictiveness or reducing their overall toxicity.[1]

Implementation

Parties should consider giving the authority responsible for tobacco control matters the responsibility for, or at a minimum the power to provide input into, the approval, adoption and implementation of the above-mentioned measures.[2]

Implementation - Sri Lanka

According to the section 40 of National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Act, No. 27 of 2006 every manufacturer and every importer of a tobacco product, should conduct tests for the purpose of identifying the constituents of each brand of tobacco product manufactured or imported, at such intervals and in accordance with such requirements, in consultation with the necessary Government Analyst.

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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 World Health Organization. Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, 2005, accessed March 2017
  2. WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015.World Health Organization, 2015, accessed March, 2017