Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

The first session of the Conference of the Parties to the
WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Day 3 - Wed, 8 February

Committees A and B met during the day to proceed with their daily programmes of work.

Committee A dealt with mechanisms of assistance to the Parties to the WHO FCTC and Committee B dealt with the Rules of Procedure for the Conference of the Parties.

TFI lunch time seminar:

Tracking Tobacco Control: from global perspective to national practice.

Yumiko Mochizuki,
Director, Tobacco Free Initiative

Presentation: Surveillance and monitoring for tobacco control policy and action: status, strategies and visions

  • Immediate perspectives: use of available tobacco control databases of WHO and partner organizations accessible through GISTOC;
  • Long term perspectives: standardized tobacco control databases using secondary data and supplemented by primary data collection, integrated into major national, regional and global databases.

Kenji Shibuya,
Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO

Presentation: Assessing health impact of tobacco and tobacco control

  • Tobacco related sections of the World Health Report;
  • Measuring contribution of tobacco to burden of disease.

Charles Warren,
CDC and Srinath Reddy, India

Presentation: Global Tobacco Surveillance System (GTSS) and use of GTSS data for tobacco control policy and action

  • Overview of current status and future plans related to the three surveys: Global Youth Tobacco Survey, Global Health Professional Survey, Global School Personnel Survey;
  • Practical experiences of using GTSS data to inform tobacco control policy development and implementation.

Gauden Galea/ Burke Fishburn,

Presentation: Applying standardized surveillance systems for integrated interventions on tobacco and other noncommunicable disease risk factors - regional perspectives.

  • Experiences with STEPS (WHO STEPwise approach to Surveillance of NCD risk factors) in surveillance and in planning interventions in selected countries of the Western Pacific Region.

Armando Peruga,

Regional databases - PAHO/Pan American Tobacco Online Information System (PATIOS)

  • How PAHO is collecting/analyzing/using national data on tobacco control measures through its regional database.

TFI Evening Seminar

Tobacco Package Warnings / Labelling

Vera da Costa e Silva, M.D., Ph.D., MBA - Chair and Moderator

Dr Franklin Rubinstein, ANVISA's Director, will present Brazil's key activities in the tobacco package labelling area. Brazil has established a government agency, ANVISA, a regulatory body mandated to regulate and monitor the regulatory framework of every health related product, to regulate tobacco products and to monitor tobacco control legislation. ANVISA has one of the richest experiences in the world in this subject.

Around the world, countries are making significant improvements to package warnings when implementing obligations under the WHO FCTC. Warnings are becoming much larger, and a growing number of countries are requiring picture-based warning messages. Come and learn from fellow colleagues and countries what rules, regulations and methods are currently employed by countries, what problems they have encountered, and how they have overcome.

In addition to Brazil, several other countries that have developed picture-based warnings will also describe their experiences. Anticipated issues, difficulties and industry arguments will be highlighted, as will research evidence. There will be extensive opportunity for discussion and questions. The workshop is intended to provide technical assistance and information sharing – many Parties have only two years remaining to implement their package warning/labelling obligations pursuant to Article 11 of the WHO-FCTC.

WHO has published case studies on package labelling from Canada, Thailand, Brazil and the European Community. These publications will be available to delegates at the workshop.

The FCA will distribute a CD and a printed document with all available pictorial warnings during the workshop. This workshop is made possible due to the collaboration with some Contracting Parties of the WHO FCTC and some key NGOs.