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.


Begin with the Article 5.3 Process Map. 

This 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.

The process map also explains the various documents available to download below.


In November 2017 ASH and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre hosted a webinar on the implementation of Article 5.3 in local authorities.

Webinar agenda:

  1.  Overview of Article 5.3 and local authority resources
    • Hilary Wareing – Director of Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre
  2. Case study: The Article 5.3 auditing process
    • Debbie Smith – Public Health Specialist, Kent County Council
  3. Article 5.3 and its implications for Trading Standards
    • Catherine Taylor – Regulation Manager, Fresh North East
  4. Article 5.3 and Local Authority pension funds
    • Ian Willmore – Special Projects Advisor, ASH
  5. Panel discussion including Q&A