Toolkit: Article 5.3 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control


The World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the world’s first global health treaty. It is designed to help countries work to eliminate the harm caused by tobacco. Article 5.3 is a key element of the treaty. It is intended to protect public health policy from the influence of the tobacco industry. It reads:

“In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law.”

In order to support Article 5.3, ASH and iPiP have created a toolkit for all those interested in protecting public policy from the influence of the tobacco industry.

The Toolkit

Begin with the Article 5.3 Process Map, which sets out a road map of actions local authorities should take to ensure that local policy is adequately protected from the vested interests of the tobacco industry, and explains how the various documents available to download below will help support this.

Document 2 - Making the case presentationDocument 3 - Why do we treat the tobacco industry differently?
Document 4 - The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco ControlDocument 5 - Template mapping report
Document 6 - Audit process presentationDocument 7 - Template communications log
Document 8 - Template employee codeDocument 9 - Template council statement
Document 10 - Local Government Declaration on Tobacco ControlDocument 11 - Guidance for trading standards on tobacco industry engagement

Webinar – Implementation of Article 5.3 in local authority settings

In November 2017 ASH and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre hosted a webinar on the implementation of Article 5.3 in local authorities. The webinar included an overview of Article 5.3 and the resources in the toolkit, case studies from Kent County Council of their Article 5.3 auditing process and a discussion of Article 5.3’s relevance to Trading Standards and local authority pension funds.