From Nov. 20 to Nov. 25, delegates representing the countries that have signed to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will gather in Panama City to discuss tobacco and nicotine policies at the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP10). It’s an event that warrants close scrutiny because the decisions taken at COP tend to have profound implications on the nicotine business and its customers, impacting the future of manufacturers, suppliers and tobacco growers along with stakeholders such as smokers and vapers.
In this section, Tobacco Reporter features a selection of its COP10 coverage.
The members will serve until the next conference and meeting, respectively.
Delegates in Panama discussed track-and-tracing systems, and evidence-based research.
The exclusion of Brazilian representatives from the recent COP10 sparks a fiery debate on transparency.
Delegates vow to address issues relating to the environment, human rights and industry liability, among others.
A new tracking system has contributed to a 25 percent reduction in illegal tobacco within a year of implementation.
Traditional measures are insufficient to achieve the desired outcomes, they argue.
The philanthropist’s efforts to reduce consumer choice are counterproductive, say critics.
Youth vaping increased to 24.5 percent in 2019.
The organization holds the WHO accountable for denying the public access to THR products.
The country was recognized at COP10 for guarding against ‘undue industry influence.’
Officials lament the portrayal these products as replacements for tobacco control.
Small-scale growers in particular remain heavily dependent on tobacco.
They want the health body to engage with all stakeholders.
Industry representatives, consumer groups and tobacco growers will be watching the proceedings from the sidelines.
Tobacco grower representatives call for “compassionate and humane policies.”