Controlling Corporate Influence in Health Policy Making: An Assessment of the Implementation of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

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Fooks, J.; Smith, J.; Lee, K.; Holden, C. (2017). 'Controlling corporate influence in health policy making: an assessment of the implementation of Article 5.3 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.' Globalization and Health 13(12). DOI: 10.1186/s12992-017-0234-8

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DOI 10.1186/s12992-017-0234-8
Global health governance
World Health Organization Framework Convention of Tobacco Control
Corporate political influence
Tobacco industry

The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) stands to significantly reduce tobacco-related mortality by accelerating the introduction of evidence-based tobacco control measures. However, the extent to which States Parties have implemented the Convention varies considerably. Article 5.3 of the FCTC, is intended to insulate policy-making from the tobacco industry's political influence, and aims to address barriers to strong implementation of the Convention associated with tobacco industry political activity. This paper quantitatively assesses implementation of Article 5.3's Guidelines for Implementation, evaluates the strength of Parties' efforts to implement specific recommendations, and explores how different approaches to implementation expose the policy process to continuing industry influence.

Highly selective and incomplete implementation of specific guideline recommendations facilitates extensive ongoing opportunities for industry policy influence. Stronger commitment to implementation is required to ensure consistently strong compliance with the FCTC internationally.

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National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health