Endgame for tobacco meeting profiles the WHO FCTC

The WHO FCTC was given a high profile at the international conference on public health priorities in the 21st century (held in New Delhi, India, on 10–12 September 2013), which focused on the topic of “the endgame for tobacco”. The conference was organized by the Public Health Foundation of India in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India and WHO, among others. Participants deliberated on a range of “endgame” ideas in tobacco control, and included delegates from 52 countries, as well as dignitaries such as the Health Ministers of India and Jamaica, and the Director-General of WHO.

One special session and networking dinner took the theme of 10 years since the adoption of the WHO FCTC, chaired and addressed by Dr Haik Nikogosian, Head of the Convention Secretariat. Participants in the special session heard from speakers such as Baijayant “Jay” Panda, an Indian parliamentarian and author of a new draft tobacco-control law, and Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health of Jamaica, whose country has recently passed strong tobacco control legislation. Dr Nikogosian explained how much progress has been made by the Parties to the WHO FCTC over the 10 years since its adoption and highlighted the recently adopted Protocol on Illicit Trade, a new milestone. The session also commemorated 10 years of the Indian Tobacco Control Act, which was adopted in April 2003.

The contributions of long-term tobacco control activists were recognized, and the youth movement for tobacco control was introduced. This generational transition and link demonstrated that we are entering a new era for tobacco control, aiming to achieve the endgame for tobacco.