The Union’s Department of Tobacco Control is a global leader in the fight against tobacco use. Since 2007 we have worked in 50 countries, impacting two-thirds of the world’s smokers. Our experts work with governments and civil society to develop the policies, legislation and infrastructure proven to reduce tobacco use.
Our goal is to advance the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control [WHO FCTC] – an international health treaty that provides a coordinated strategy to reduce tobacco use. Our work centres on the WHO’s MPOWER - a package of evidence-based measures designed to help countries effectively implement the WHO FCTC.
The Union’s tobacco control headquarters is in Edinburgh, UK, and we have experts based in every inhabited continent across the globe. Tobacco control hubs are based in India, Singapore, Mexico and China. Our team has specialised knowledge in the legal, economic, policy development, management, training and communications aspects of tobacco control.
Key member of global tobacco control networks
- The Union is a founding member of both the NCD Alliance and the Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control. These organisations work to accelerate the passage of the WHO FCTC.
- The Union has had official observer status at the WHO FCTC Conference of Parties from the outset.
- The Union is Permanent Secretariat for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health.