Global Legal Center: Template Law | Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
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A companion to the Essential Elements Series, this Template provides for the comprehensive regulation of tobacco and nicotine products and devices with provisions that implement requirements of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and incorporate recommendations from the Guidelines for implementation of the treaty. The Template addresses the following issues:

  • Definitions
  • Smoke-free Environments
  • Ban on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Tobacco Product Packaging and Labeling
  • Sales Restrictions
  • Regulation of Tobacco Product Contents; Contents and Emissions Disclosure Requirements
  • Protection of Tobacco Control Policies From the Commercial and Other Vested Interests of the Tobacco Industry

The Template is intended as a guide or suggested framework to bring domestic legislation into compliance with the WHO FCTC and its Guidelines. Countries enacting legislation based upon the Template have the flexibility to depart from the text. Additionally, an attorney's expertise is necessary to tailor the Template to the legislative drafting rules and styles of a particular jurisdiction and the existing laws already in place.

The International Legal Consortium at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids can provide technical drafting assistance to give more detailed and tailored advice. Contact the ILC here.

A separate template is available that provides an example for effective drafting of a Plain Packaging of Tobacco law.

Updated May 30, 2023