The summary of the decisions adopted during the Conference
The Conference approved in principle the need to regulate flavouring ingredients that supposedly, increase the attractiveness of tobacco products and recommended restricting (or) banning ingredients, flavourings and additives in the manufacture of tobacco products. Final decisions were left to national governments.
The COP-4 voted to create a working group that will draft guidelines on tobacco taxation not unlike the excise tax harmonization efforts that have been underway for some time in the European Union. A final decision on a protocol to combat illicit trade in tobacco products, however, was deferred for further discussion to a working group with results due in 2012.
A wide range of issues were discussed regarding the following FCTC articles: Article 6: price and tax, Articles 9 & 10: product regulation; Article 12: education and training; Article 13: advertising, promotion and sponsorship; Article 14: cessation; Articles 17&18: Economically sustainable alternatives for tobacco growing and Article 19: liability.
Six applications for observer status were submitted to the Secretariat of the Conference. The Bureau rejected the applications of the Global Acetate Manufacturers Association and ITGA.