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Opening of the 9th session of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (11.7)

  • Date : 2021-11-09
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Opening of the 9th session of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (11.7)

Proposal to expand the definition of tobacco and establish a basis for sharing information on tobacco ingredients between parties

Proposal to expand the definition of tobacco from ‘tobacco leaf’ as a raw material to ‘tobacco stem/root and synthetic nicotine’ as a raw material

PRESS RELEASE

November 7, 2021

The Ministry of Health and Welfare (Minister Kwon Deok-cheol) announced that the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will be held non-face-to-face from November 8 (Mon) to 13 (Sat). He announced that he would attend the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties.

Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is an international agreement to establish an international cooperative system, including joint responses to the reduction of tobacco consumption and smoking rate (adopted in 2003, entered into force in 2005); currently 182 countries are participating as parties to the agreement.

At this meeting of the Parties, the government delegation will propose to discuss expansion of the definition of tobacco through the revision of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the establishment of a platform for sharing information on tobacco ingredients led by the WHO.

Currently, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control limits the definition of tobacco to those made with ‘tobacco leaf’ as a raw material.

In consideration of the COVID-19 situation, the Conference of the Parties will be held as a non-face-to-face videoconference. In Korea, a total of 23 government delegations, including related ministries and private experts, will be in attendance, led by Lim In-taek, Director General of the Health Policy Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

At this general meeting of the Parties to be held on November 8 (Mon) at 6 pm (KST), sharing of implementation and achievements of each country, Articles 9 and 10 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (Regulation of Tobacco Product Ingredients and Disclosure), new tobacco products, etc. will be discussed as major agenda items.

In 2016, Korea became the first country in the Western Pacific region to require health warning labeling on e-cigarettes. Korea will share other best practices in tobacco control policies such as strongly recommending to stop the use of liquid e-cigarettes in 2020, and the imposition of a cigarette tax on e-liquids in August 2021.

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