Tobacco dependence is a global epidemic that kills millions around the world every day. To address this problem, 180 states as of July 2015, including the Philippines, are parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), an international treaty that aims to protect the public from the devastating effects of tobacco use and exposure. Battling the tobacco epidemic is an urgent concern especially in the developing countries, where over 80% of the world’s smokers come from. In the Philippines, an estimated 87,600 Filipinos die every year due to tobacco-related illnesses, or 240 Filipinos daily. Relatedly, studies show that the Philippines is among the countries in Southeast Asia where tobacco companies enjoy the most undue and unregulated influence over policies affecting their industry. There is hope however, as several local government units and national government agencies fight back and effectively oppose tobacco industry interference. HealthJustice, as part of its continuing advocacy to provide technical support and assistance in the implementation of FCTC-compliant measures, publishes this compilation of FCTC Article 5.3 best practices in resisting tobacco industry interference at the local level.
For further reference, scanned copies of templates, legislation, relevant policies, and supporting documents of featured local government units and local government agencies may be accessed at tinyurl.com/HealthJusticeTobaccoControl.