Article 17 ( on alternatives livelihoods for tobacco farmers and farm workers, is one of several provisions of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Made into law in 2005, the FCTC is the world's first health treaty. In November 2012, 176 countries (not the US) are parties to the FCTC.

Seventeen is a contribution to current discussion and debate among policymakers interested to promote public health, alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and farm workers, and reduce the exploitative farm level practices of tobacco companies such as child and bonded labor, and deforestation.

SEVENTEEN promotes participation of farmers and farm workers in global tobacco control policymaking, independent monitoring of tobacco farms where cigarette and leaf companies buy tobacco, and living wages and legally binding collective bargaining agreements for tobacco farmers and farm workers.

For additional information, see my article "Social Responsibility in Tobacco Production? Tobacco Companies Use of Green Supply Chains to Obscure the Real Costs of Tobacco Farming,” Tobacco Control (2011)

Marty Otanez (marty[dot]otanez[at]ucdenver[dot]edu), assistant professor in the Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver, USA:

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