Access the GSTHR explanatory Briefing Paper on the FCTC COP10 in multiple languages.

From 20 - 25 November, representatives from more than 180 countries will attend the tenth Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Decisions taken at these meetings influence how international tobacco control policies are implemented at a national level, and will be very significant in determining the future of safer nicotine products, such as nicotine vapes, snus, nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products.

The Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction has made its explanatory Briefing Paper about COP10 available in multiple languages, to increase awareness of the importance of the meetings among consumers of safer nicotine products, health officials and policymakers around the world. The Briefing Paper covers:

  • What is the FCTC, what are COP meetings and how do they function?
  • Who attends and contributes to COP meetings?
  • Which non-state observers are present at COP meetings?
  • How can those who are not participants engage with COP meetings?

English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili versions are accessible now.

It is expected that the decisions taken at COP10 will be very significant in determining the future of safer nicotine products (SNP), such as nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes), snus, nicotine pouches and heated tobacco products. Consumer access to these products is crucial to realise the public health potential of tobacco harm reduction in the global fight against tobacco-related death and disease.

The WHO FCTC has now published the provisional agenda and meeting documents.

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and the Conference of the Parties (COP): an explainer(English)

رمتؤمو )FCTC( غبتلا ةحفاكمل ةيراطلإا ةيقافتلاا بثك نع ةرظن : )COP( فارطلأا (Arabic / عربي)

Konvensi Kerangka Kerja tentang Pengendalian Tembakau (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, FCTC) dan Konferensi Para Pihak (Conference of the Parties, COP): Sebuah Penjelasan (Bahasa Indonesia)

Das Rahmenübereinkommen der WHO zur Eindämmung des Tabakgebrauchs (FCTC) und die Konferenz der Vertragsparteien (COP): eine Erläuterung (Deutsch)

Convenio Marco sobre el Control del Tabaco (CMCT) y Conferencia de las Partes (COP): un explicador (Espagnol)

La Convention-cadre pour la lutte antitabac (CCLAT) et la Conférence des Parties (CdP) : explications (Francais)

Mkataba wa Mfumo wa Udhibiti wa Tumbaku (FCTC) na Mkutano wa Wanachama (COP): mfafanuzi. (Kiswahili)

たばこの規制に関する世界保健機関枠組条約(FCTC)と締約国会議(COP):手引き (Nihon)

Ramowa konwencja o ograniczeniu użycia tytoniu (FCTC) i konferencja stron (COP): dokument objaśniający (Polski)

A Convenção-Quadro para o Controle do Tabaco (CQCT) e a Conferência das Partes (COP): uma explicação (Português)

Рамочная конвенция по борьбе против табака (РКБТ) и Конференция Сторон (КС): пояснительная статья. (Pусский)

《烟草控制框架公约》(FCTC)和缔约方大会(COP) :解读文章 (Zhōngwén / 中文)

About us: Knowledge·Action·Change (K·A·C) promotes harm reduction as a key public health strategy grounded in human rights. The team has over forty years of experience of harm reduction work in drug use, HIV, smoking, sexual health, and prisons. K·A·C runs the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction (GSTHR) which maps the development of tobacco harm reduction and the use, availability and regulatory responses to safer nicotine products, as well as smoking prevalence and related mortality, in over 200 countries and regions around the world. For all publications and live data, visit

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