Good Practice


FCTC Convention Secretariat
The Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, has developed a model policy for preventing tobacco industry interference among UN agencies. This model policy was adopted by the members of the UN Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) on Prevention and Control of NCDs at the seventh meeting in October 2016. (PDF 544kb)

Good country practices in the implementation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines

This report provides a selection of advanced practices in implementing Article 5.3. It draws from a variety of Parties’ experiences, including those recommended in the guidelines. While some Parties have taken a whole-of-government approach, which is the ideal, others have adopted measures to protect the ministry/department of health from interference by the tobacco industry as a first step. Others have introduced policies on certain measures recommended in the guidelines, such as transparency. This report also provides examples of the denormalization of the tobacco industry.


United Nations Agencies
UN Global Compact Integrity Policy Update

Effective 12 September 2017, the UN Global Compact will increase scrutiny of companies upon entry into the initiative, review engagement with existing participants, and institute new exclusionary criteria for companies involved in certain high- risk sectors – including the production and manufacture of tobacco products, and nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. Participating companies whose business involves manufacturing or producing tobacco products will be delisted effective 15 October 2017.

UNGC statement


Model policy for agencies of the United Nations system on preventing tobacco industry interference

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that efforts to protect tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry are comprehensive, effective and consistent across the United Nations system including the UN itself and its funds, programmes, specialized agencies, other entities and related organizations.


United Nation Development Programs

Due Diligence Policy on Work with the Private Sector

The UNDP has a specific policy document on partnership with the private sector which outlines sectors the UNDP has excluded as partners, namely tobacco, alcohol (spirits), pharmaceuticals, pesticides/ herbicides, asbestos, gambling among others. The UNDP also lists other sectors such as oil and gas, timber and mining that should be treated with particular caution and therefore require a higher degree of due diligence. (PDF 280kb)


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Internal Guidelines For Private Sector Fund-Raising in favour of UNESCO

The Guidelines developed in 1997 disqualify any private sector “involved in the production or distribution of tobacco (products)…” as a funding source for collaboration with UNESCO. (PDF 1.7mb)


International Organizations
International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent

Red Cross Red Crescent Non-Engagement with Tobacco Companies: Internal Guidance Brief, June 2015

On May 31 2013 (World No Tobacco Day), the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent adopted a resolution urging National Societies to refrain from accepting funds from the tobacco industry. In June 2015, an Internal Guidance Brief, which provides for the non-engagement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with tobacco companies, was circulated to National Societies and was made available to Red Cross and Red Crescent staff and volunteers. (PDF 156kb)



Vietnam’s Minister of Health has issued a letter to Ministries, and mass organizations and the People’s Committees of the provinces and cities to alert about the Smoke-Free World Foundation funded by Philip Morris International (PMI) and to strictly prohibit cooperation with Smoke-Free World Foundation. The letter includes rejection of any partnership with the PMI funded Smoke-Free World Foundation and that the foundation is the “fundamental conflict of interest” between the tobacco industry and public health. This is the outstanding practice of raising awareness on Article 5.3 to the whole of government. Vietnam is the first country in ASEAN region and Asia to take an official position against the World Smoke-free Foundation.
(PDF, English (Unofficial) 42kb, Vietnamese 454kb)



In 2016 the Ministry of Health Indonesia passed a Ministerial Regulation (Permenkes 50/2016) to protect the Ministry from undue interference from the tobacco industry.
(PDF, English 164kb, Bahasa 120kb)



The Ministry of Health considers the Philip Morris International (PMI) funded Foundation for Smoke-Free World as being part of the tobacco industry. The MOH has sent a letter, dated 9 January 2018, to the Chancellor, Vice-Rectors and Deans of all medical schools informing them that Poland is a party to WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and treats the PMI funded Foundation as the tobacco industry’s activity.
The letter states that the Ministry of Health pays special attention to the fact Article 5.3 of the Convention provides, “In setting and implementing their public health policies with respect to tobacco control, Parties shall act to protect these policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry in accordance with national law”. The letter informs the Chancellor, Vice-Rectors and Deans that they should not accept any support from the Foundation and that any research funded from this source could not be used to advocate for changes in law.
View the full letter (PDF 330kb)



Tobacco Control Act 2015: This Act includes a comprehensive section on how the government can protect itself from tobacco industry interference. The law prohibits partnerships and endorsements of the tobacco industry, any incentives or privileges to the tobacco business, and manages conflict of interest. (PDF 1.9mb)



  1. Doggett Amendment

The Doggett Amendment prohibits the use of funds in carrying out U.S. foreign policy to (1) promote “the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products,” or (2) seek “the reduction or removal” of non-discriminatory restrictions by foreign governments on tobacco product marketing. (PDF 28kb)

  1. Tobacco: Guidance for U.S. Diplomatic and Consular Posts on Trade and Commercial Issues

This guidance encourages posts to assist in resolving business problems that are potentially discriminatory while also directing that they, among other things, not assist the efforts of U.S. firms to promote the sale or export of tobacco products and are encouraged to actively assist and promote tobacco control efforts in host countries. In addition, the guidance indicates that staff should not attend or otherwise support receptions or any events sponsored by individuals or entities involved in the export, manufacture, promotion, distribution or sale of tobacco products where their attendance could be construed as U.S. government support for the sale or exports of tobacco products. (PDF 251kb)

  1. Executive Order 13193 of January 18, 2001

Presidential Executive Order 13193 prohibits U.S. departments and agencies from promoting the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products. (PDF 127kb)



Regulation for Department of Health Officials, 2012

Thailand has a regulation that outlines the specific circumstances under which Department of Health officials can meet with the tobacco industry:Regulation of Department of Disease Control, ‘How to Contact Tobacco Entrepreneurs and Related Persons 2012’

According to this Regulation, contact or request to meet with an official may be made only as necessary specifically for the actions under the tobacco products control law or any other measures according to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control only, so as to ensure the effective control of tobacco products. (PDF 127kb)



Department of Health and Civil Service Commission Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 of 2010

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) issued the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 1 of 2010 which is a first of its kind and serves as a protection of the bureaucracy against tobacco industry interference. This policy provides a code of conduct for all government officials in relation to the tobacco industry, consistent with FCTC

Article 5.3 Guidelines. The CSC’s efforts to implement the JMC have resulted in interventions that have been significant in ensuring the protection of tobacco control measures. The JMC provides good practice on guidelines that prohibits government officials from engaging in tobacco industry related CSR activities. (PDF 820kb)

Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular 29, s. 2016

(Prohibition on Solicitation or Acceptance of Gifts) December 22, 2016. This memorandum circular protects the bureaucracy from courtesy calls and gifts from the tobacco industry. (PDF 400kb)

Department of Health and Civil Service Commission Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 of 2010

the Protection of the Bureaucracy Against Tobacco Industry Interference. (PDF 1.5mb)


United Kingdom’s revised guidelines for overseas posts on support to the tobacco industry, December 2013

The Department of Health (DH) have decided to be more prescriptive in relation to the provision of support to the tobacco industry, to ensure any such support is consistent with the provisions of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The Government takes very seriously its obligations as a Party to the (FCTC). This includes the treaty commitment at Article 5.3 to protect public health policies with respect to tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry.

Posts should limit interactions with the tobacco industry, including any person or organisation that is likely to be working to further the interests of the tobacco industry. In the event that interactions with the tobacco industry are necessary, these should be conducted with maximum transparency to demonstrate our compliance with the FCTC.

Posts must not:

  • Be involved in activities with the specific purpose of promoting the sale of tobacco or tobacco related products (including promotional goods);
  • Encourage investment in the tobacco industry, or provide any assistance in helping tobacco companies influence non-discriminatory local business policies to their advantage (e.g.: taxation, plain/standardised packaging, etc);
  • Accept any direct or indirect funding from the tobacco industry;

(PDF 260kb)