Protecting health through tobacco control

An international tribunal has upheld the sovereign authority of states to protect health through tobacco control.

The World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has confirmed that tobacco control measures applied by the Government of Uruguay did not violate the terms of an investment agreement between Uruguay and Switzerland, under which the dispute was initiated.

The decision was informed by a submission from the World Health Organization that gave an overview of global tobacco control and set out the public health evidence underlying Uruguay’s tobacco packaging and labelling laws and detailed state practice in implementing similar measures.

The tribunal’s award affirms that Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can confidently implement the Convention and its Guidelines to protect present and future generations from the devastating consequences of tobacco consumption.

For more information on the right of states to protect health through tobacco control on the who.int website