Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Treaty

Ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Treaty

The American Lung Association supports ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) by the United States. The FCTC is the world's first tobacco control treaty and establishes international guidelines for countries to implement to control tobacco use and addiction. A full review of the FCTC and its treaty obligations can be found by clicking here.

It has been almost five years since the United States signed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and it still has not been sent to the Senate for ratification. The treaty will not be in force in the United States until it is ratified by the Senate. Until it is approved, the U.S. cannot participate in current discussions regarding secondhand smoke, smuggling, cross-border advertisement, promotion and sponsorship and packaging and labeling of products.

President Obama expressed a strong commitment to FCTC as a member of the United States Senate when he joined a letter to then President Bush urging him to send the treaty to the Senate for consideration. The letter stated that "the FCTC is a historic opportunity to protect current and future generations both at home and abroad from some of the devastating consequences of tobacco use. The United States must be up to the challenge of turning this opportunity into a reality."