The Global Tobacco Epidemic and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – The Contributions of the World Health Organization’s First Convention to Global Health Law and Governance

In Gian Luca Burci and Brigit Toebes (eds), Research Handbook on Global Health Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, November 2018) 340-388.

32 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2019

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Suzanne Zhou

McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer; University of Cambridge - Trinity Hall; University of Melbourne

Jonathan Liberman

Melbourne Law School and Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Date Written: November 2018

Abstract

The global tobacco epidemic kills seven million people annually, and has rapidly spread over the past five decades, with 80% of tobacco-related deaths now occurring in low and middle-income countries. Alarmed by the scale and globalisation of the epidemic, in 1996, World Health Organization (WHO) member states invoked the WHO’s treaty-making powers under article 19 of its Constitution for the first, and so far only, time, adopting the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 2003. This chapter assesses the significance of the WHO FCTC for both global health and international law, focusing on its creation; the normative regime developed by its governing body; its place in broader sustainable development and non-communicable diseases agendas; its achievements and ongoing challenges; and its interactions with other bodies of law, including human rights law, international trade and investment law, and regional and domestic protections for commercial rights and interests.

Keywords: WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, international law, global health law, World Health Organization, tobacco control

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Zhou, Suzanne and Liberman, Jonathan, The Global Tobacco Epidemic and the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – The Contributions of the World Health Organization’s First Convention to Global Health Law and Governance (November 2018). In Gian Luca Burci and Brigit Toebes (eds), Research Handbook on Global Health Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, November 2018) 340-388. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3339718

Suzanne Zhou (Contact Author)

McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer ( email )

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University of Cambridge - Trinity Hall ( email )

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University of Melbourne ( email )

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Jonathan Liberman

Melbourne Law School and Melbourne School of Population and Global Health ( email )

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Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

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