Online Program

Lessons from the Who's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: An advocacy-based approach for applying legal precedents that challenged big tobacco to challenge the food industry and reverse diet-related disease

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Sara Deon, MS, Corporate Accountability International, Boston, MA
In 2003, the World Health Organization adopted the groundbreaking public health and corporate accountability treaty known as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). When fully implemented, the FCTC will save hundreds of millions of lives. However, the FCTC's impact is not limited to its lifesaving measures. The treaty has demonstrated the important role of legal action to effectively challenge other industries that threaten public health, including the food industry, which is driving the epidemic of diet-related disease worldwide. This presentation will assert that the legal precedent set by the FCTC can be successfully used to combat diet-related disease at both the international and local levels, drawing on the examples of the 2010 San Francisco Healthy Meals Ordinance and the efforts by many local communities and countries to curb junk food marketing to children. The presentation will also highlight the growing movement towards creating an international food and health treaty similar to the FCTC in the coming years.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Define the role of international policymaking in challenging the tobacco industry and advancing public health Assess the opportunities for international policy initiatives that can limit the role of transnational corporations Describe the role of international legislation in advancing stronger local and federal policy initiatives

Keyword(s): Advocacy, Food and Nutrition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As Director of Corporate Accountability International's food campaign, I oversee a long-term campaign to advance policy and to challenge the food industry directly for public health abuses. In this role, I also organize top-tier health professional experts working on issues related to food marketing and health. Moreover, as our organization was instrumental in the passage and advancement of the FCTC, I have worked firsthand to successfully advance tobacco policy and apply its lessons to food.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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