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Article 5.3 toolkit


This page sets out a toolkit developed by ASH and iPiP to support public health bodies to implement Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The WHO 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.”

Updated guidance for government engagement with the tobacco industry

The Department for Health and Social Care have published updated guidance for government engagement with the tobacco industry in line with the requirements of article 5.3. This guidance should be read and followed by all UK government officials who interact with either the tobacco industry or people who have affiliations with the tobacco industry.

The Local Government Association has also published new guidance for all local government officers and elected representatives interacting with the tobacco industry or those who have affiliation with it. This guidance build on the DHSC guidance above, the DHSC and the LGA strongly encourages local councils to use this guidance to support their decision making. They can also use this guidance to draft their own guidance, considering their individual circumstances and recognising the full range of policy to which article 5.3 might apply.

It can be found here: Engagement with the tobacco industry: Guidance for local government


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