10 August 2023, YANGON, People’s Health Foundation has issued a report on implementation of the WHO FCTC Article 5.3, titled “Myanmar 2023: Tobacco Industry Interference Index”, as of June 2023.
The WHO FCTC Article 5.3 is often described as the backbone of the Convention as it guides the Parties (countries) to protect their tobacco control policies from the vested interests of the tobacco industry. The WHO FCTC cannot be implemented effectively if the tobacco industry interference is not rooted out. The solution lies in the hands of the governments, who need to be proactive and vigorous in putting in place safeguards and measures to prevent unnecessary TI interactions, limit necessary ones, and set up disclosure procedures to protect public health policies.
SEATCA’s Tobacco Industry Interference Index is a civil society report assessing the implementation of the WHO FCTC Article 5.3. All countries participating in this survey have been ranked from the lowest level of TI interference to the highest. Since 2016, Myanmar has participated in the reporting and Myanmar’s score has improved, from 54 points in 2021 to 52 points in 2023.