Tobacco & Nicotine Harm Reduction

Tobacco policy is not only leading edge when it comes to the regulation of legal consumer goods it is highly controversial and guaranteed to divide a room.

The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was negotiated over four years by 193 governments and entered into force as international law in 2005.  It is a global framework that covers a spectrum of product related areas such as price & tax, packaging & labelling, advertising, sponsorship and promotion, illicit trade, growing of tobacco, and the liability of the industry that manufactures it.

The FCTC’s provisions are currently being implemented nationally throughout the world – seen in such outcomes as public smoking bans, product display bans, tracking and tracing requirements, graphic health warning and plain packaging developments.  The EU Tobacco Products Directive and the US Food & Drug Administration regulations are in effect, regional and national implementations of the FCTC.

The FCTC is a regulatory roadmap of what other industry sectors might encounter in the future.   It is a process that we have vast experience in from the very beginning.  Whether it is implementation of its specific provisions or knowing how such an international process impacts business in general then we can help.

One area the FCTC had the opportunity to cover but didn’t was reducing the harm of the product.   Tobacco harm reduction has the potential to improve public health.  If it is recognized that some people just can’t or don’t want to stop smoking tobacco products – do they not have the right to know about and gain access to tobacco products and alternative products such as e-cigarettes and snus that are significantly less harmful to them?

JCIC is well equipped to participate in this debate. JCIC is a leading advocate in this area and understands the policy and scientific issues at play. Click here to read Jeannie Cameron’s Masters in Law Dissertation: Emerging International Public Health Issues – Human Rights, Harm Reduction and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).