Article 17 on viable economic alternatives to tobacco farming, 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 October 2009, 167 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. Marty Otañez, producer (October 2009)