Public Health England has said that alternative nicotine delivery devices which are less harmful than smoking could play a crucial role in reducing the huge burden of smoking. Given this, what is the policy rationale for intervention, and how does it compare or differ from current UK Government policy?
To what extent will COP9 justify any measures it proposes?
What advice and evidence does the WHO receive and how this leads them to their policy positions?
To what extent will these proposed measures impact upon health policy in the UK?
(a) To what extent has the WHO moved away from the FCTC protocol, given its original commitment to Harm Reduction?
(b) Is it still fit for purpose in its current form given that the Reduced Risk Products available on the market are now so prevalent and have moved in significantly since 2003 when the FCTC came into being?
(c) In crafting the regulatory regime under the FCTC, the objective of the Convention in Art. 3 of the FCTC is instructive as its stated goal is to ‘protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke …. to reduce continually and substantially the prevalence of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.'