Free webinar: 15 years of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Drugs and Alcohol Today

This webinar marks 15 Years of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) aims to take stock of the current global tobacco control landscape.

The webinar is hosted on the back of the recently published Drugs and Alcohol Today journal special issue Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: lessons learned on harm reduction and public health, which contains a series of articles reviewing the challenges and opportunities in tobacco control, through the lenses of diversity, development and tobacco harm reduction.

Running over two days (30 September and 1 October) the event will be convened by one of the journal editors, Axel Klein and Sudhanshu Patwardhan, guest editor of the recent special issue. Both days will feature expert contributors discussing key issues relating to diversity and development, and harm reduction, policy and practice. There will also be opportunities for audience members to pose questions to the panellists.

For full programme information and to register for the event, go to

The pages also contain a number of additional resources and video discussions with key contributors to the event and the journal special issue.

The table of contents of the special issue: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: lessons learned on harm reduction and public health, Guest-edited by Sudhanshu Patwardhan, appears below:

Accelerating an end to smoking: a call to action on the eve of the FCTC’s COP9
Derek Yach

Perceptions of nicotine in current and former users of tobacco and tobacco harm reduction products from seven countries
 Sarah Rajkumar, Nada Adibah, Michael Jonathan Paskow, Brian Eric Erkkila

An overview of tobacco control interventions in the Global South
Navin Kumar, Kamila Janmohamed, Jeannette Jiang, Jessica Ainooson, Ameera Billings, Grace Chen, Faith Chumo, Lauren Cueto, Amy Zhang

Gender, Women and the Future of Tobacco Control
Alexandra Solomon

Tobacco smoking in three “left behind” subgroups: indigenous, the rainbow community and people with mental health conditions
Marewa Glover, Pooja Patwardhan, Kyro Selket

Overcoming barriers to disseminate effective smoking cessation treatments globally
Sudhanshu Patwardhan, Jed E. Rose

Government intervention in the market for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). The known, the unknown and challenges
Ayda A. Yurekli, Patricia Kovacevic, Emil Sunley, Karthik Ranganathan

Tobacco Harm Reduction in the 21st Century
Renée O'Leary, Riccardo Polosa

Goodbye Nickie, Hello Goldie - exploring the opportunities for transitioning tobacco farmers into cannabis production in Malawi
Linda Sowoya, Chifundo Akamwaza, Austin Mathews Matola, Axel Klein