Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

A history of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The idea for an international instrument for tobacco control was initiated in May 1995 at the 48th World Health Assembly. The following year, the 49th World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA49.17, requesting the Director-General to initiate the development of a WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. With this, WHO’s first treaty-making enterprise was formally launched. But it wasn’t until 1999, a year after the then WHO Director-General, Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, made global tobacco control a priority of WHO, that work on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control began.

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control:
four years in the making

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