10.1 The government takes very seriously its obligations as a party to the World Health organization’s framework convention on Tobacco control (FCTC). The FCTC places obligations on parties to protect the development of public health policy from the vested interests of the tobacco industry. As a result, the tobacco industry has not been involved in the development of this Tobacco control plan.The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control recommends preventing tobacco industry interests from influencing health policy. Earlier this year, the policy was applied to alcohol at a summit in Scotland hosted by Alcohol Focus Scotland and ASH Scotland. Meanwhile south of the border, according to Panorama, health bodies withdrew from the consultation discussions on alcohol policy because they felt the alcohol industry had too much influence. Said Anne Milton to the investigator:
"We have to talk to people that we disagree with, but it's really important because, actually, when you look at public health - and alcohol as a public health issue - what we need to do is employ every tool in the box. And everybody, but everybody, has got a part to play."