2011 is the first year- since the inception of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in 2005- which has not been dominated by negotiation processes. It thus seems the perfect moment to assess the achievements of the FCTC up to now. After seven years we can see clear successes as well as issues, which still have to be tackled.
For example no country has implemented all the recommendations of the FCTC and less than two-thirds of the countries have enforced a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, as suggested under the guidelines of the FCTC. However, pictorial warnings on cigarette packs and smoking bans in public spaces have been widely adopted.
Thus we aren’t completely disheartened by the report, but we are still in the early stages, and what Tobacco Watch and other reports demonstrate most clearly is the work that still needs to be done.
See full report: Tobacco Watch 2012 (PDF)