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20 June 2019

The Global Center for Good Governance in Tobacco Control (GGTC), in partnership with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) Secretariat successfully hosted two key meetings last May 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand: the 4th meeting of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hubs (KHs), held 13-14 May, and the informal meeting of Article 5.3 experts, conducted 15 May.

The meeting of the WHO FCTC Knowledge Hubs, led by the WHO FCTC Secretariat, discussed ongoing and future work of KHs in light of outcomes and decisions of the 8th Conference of Parties (COP 8) and Meeting of Parties (MOP) and also introduced the Global Strategy to Accelerate Tobacco Control. Amidst discussions of work plans and future KH activities, the GGTC, the WHO FCTC Secretariat’s KH on Article 5.3, highlighted the importance of implementing Article 5.3 within KHs themselves in order to protect the integrity of their work from tobacco industry influence and interference.

This subject was discussed in greater depth during the informal meeting of experts: chaired by Prof. Nuntavarn Vichit-Vadakan, the meeting focused on supporting implementation of Article 5.3 especially in the face of the tobacco industry’s corporate transformation in going “smoke-free” to aggressively promote electronic nicotine devices (ENDs) and heated tobacco products (HTP). Inputs from the informal experts meeting will be used in forming strategies to counter tobacco industry interference at the global and country levels.