Origins of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Am J Public Health. 2005 Jun;95(6):936-8. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2003.025908.


The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control originated in 1993 with a decision by Ruth Roemer and Allyn Taylor to apply to tobacco control Taylor's idea that the WHO should utilize its constitutional authority to develop international conventions to advance global health. In 1995, Taylor and Ruth Roemer proposed various options to WHO, recommending the framework convention-protocol approach conceptualized by Taylor. Despite initial resistance by some WHO officials, this approach gained wide acceptance. In 1996, the World Health Assembly voted to proceed with its development. Negotiations by WHO member states led the World Health Assembly in May 2003 to adopt by consensus the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control-the first international treaty adopted under WHO auspices. The treaty formally entered into force for state parties on February 27, 2005.

MeSH terms

  • Consensus Development Conferences as Topic*
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Public Health / standards*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*
  • World Health Organization / organization & administration*