[The Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC): a powerful public health instrument]

Rev Med Suisse. 2012 Jul 11;8(348):1438-41.
[Article in French]


The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) isa global and comprehensive legal framework for reducing demand for tobacco (e.g. price measures; ban on smoking in enclosed places; contents of tobacco products; packaging and labeling; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; liability, tobacco cessation, etc.) and supply (e.g. illicit trade; sales to/by minors, etc.). Adopted in 2003, the FCTC has been ratified by 174 countries so far. Switzerland has signed the treaty in 2004 but ratification will necessitate the implementation of stronger tobacco control measures at the national level. The FCTC is a priority of any strategy to reduce noncommunicable diseases in populations. Broad implementation of the FCTC has the potential to prevent a substantial proportion of the billion of tobacco-related deaths expected in the 21st century.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Government Regulation
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Public Health*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*