Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

WHA54.18 Transparency in tobacco control

The Fifty-fourth World Health Assembly

Noting with great concern the findings of the Committee of Experts on Tobacco Industry Documents, namely, that the tobacco industry has operated for years with the express intention of subverting the role of governments and of WHO in implementing public health policies to combat the tobacco epidemic;1

Understanding that public confidence would be enhanced by transparency of affiliation between delegates to the Health Assembly and other meetings of WHO and the tobacco industry,

1. URGES Member States to be aware of affiliations between the tobacco industry and members of their delegations;

2. URGES WHO and Member States to be alert to any efforts by the tobacco industry to continue its subversive practice and to assure the integrity of health policy development in any WHO meeting and in national governments;

3. CALLS ON WHO to continue to inform Member States of activities of the tobacco industry that have a negative impact on tobacco control efforts.

(Ninth plenary meeting, 22 May 2001 - Committee B, second report)


(1) Tobacco company strategies to undermine tobacco control activities at the World Health Organization. Geneva, July 2000.

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