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Friday, February 22, 2013

Alternative legal strategies for alcohol control: not a framework convention—at least not right now

I have recently outlined some of the effects that I think the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention onTobacco Control (FCTC) has produced, through its terms and the institutions and processes it has generated [1]. I suggested that the FCTC has:

• raised the global profile of tobacco control;

• strengthened governments in their fight against the tobacco industry politically and legally (in the latter case including through the automatic incorporation of the treaty’s substantive obligations into law in some countries, expansion of governments’ legislative powers, and strengthening of governments’ hands in domestic and international legal challenges);

• reinforced the view that tobacco products are not normal consumer products, contributing to the ongoing denormalization of the tobacco industry;

• catalysed the formation and deepening of transnational
civil society coalitions;

• facilitated the sharing of experiences, expertise and
capacity among and between governments and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and

• brought new resources—political, financial and
human—into the field.   > > > >  Read More