Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

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

Day 4 - Thur, 9 February

The 2 Committees reconvened at 10:00. Committee A worked as a plenary from 10:00 to 12:00 and then split into 3 informal working groups: 1 led by Ghana, 1 led by Mexico and 1 led by Australia. The purpose of these groups was to examine the financial mechanisms, reporting mechanisms including mechanisms for establishment of guidelines for the implementation of articles 7 and 9. Another task for Committee A was to decide on the necessity of negotiating protocols and on which topics these protocols would be discussed.

Committee B Continued to work on finalizing a clean set of Rules of Procedure of the Conference of the Parties. After discussions on a Chair’s draft released as a Conference Papers in the Committee as a whole, an informal drafting group was convened to address Rules 29 and 30.

TFI lunch time seminar:

Regulation of cross-border advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Dr Matti Rajala
European Commission, Head of Unit DG Health and Consumer Protection (C/4), Health Determinants
Chair & Moderator

  • Mr Matthew Allen (NZ)
    Director, Allen & Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Limited
    Presenting on a WHO TFI commissioned report to identify the current scope and extent of cross border tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities, assess technical and legal barriers to the effective control of cross border advertising, and identify areas where further international collaboration could promote the future effective regulation of cross border tobacco advertising. This commissioned non-paper for the Conference of the Parties (COP) is available for distribution at this briefing session.

  • Mr Jonathan Liberman
    Director, Law and Regulation
    VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control
    The Cancer Council Victoria
    Presenting preliminary findings on research project on the regulation of cross border advertising being conducted in collaboration between the VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control, the University of Melbourne's Media and Communications Law Centre, and Action on Smoking and Health UK.
    Both Mr. Allen and Mr. Liberman will address the scope of cross-border tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities, common domestic approaches to dealing with cross border advertising, potential international approaches to controlling cross border activities, and legal and technical considerations.

The Committees reconvened in plenary from 15:00 to 18:00 hs.