Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control
A number of local authorities have signed a voluntary, non-binding agreement called the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control.
This agreement is based on Article 5.3 of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Article 5.3 of the FCTC states that:
“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.”
Many of those authorities that have signed the LGDTC take the view that it prevents them from engaging with the TMA or the wider tobacco industry on all matters, including anti-litter initiatives and anti-illegal tobacco activities, and not just those that concern public health.
However, where a local authority is carrying out functions unrelated to public health, such as its obligations to address litter, nothing in the LGDTC prevents it from accepting assistance from the TMA or tobacco manufacturers. Moreover, nothing in the LGDTC prevents bodies that are not local authorities (including charities and social enterprises) from engaging with, or accepting assistance from, the tobacco industry.