The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into effect on February 27, 2005. By May 10, 2006, 126 nations had ratified the FCTC. To bring Taiwan in line with the world, we had worked hard to ratify the document, which was eventually accepted by the legislature and signed by the President on March 30, 2005.
In bilateral and multi-lateral international activities, we have participated in the 2nd Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the Third Australian Tobacco Control Conference, the 13th European Conference on Public Health, the 2005 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the 12th Asian Collaborative Study Meeting, the 55th International Communication, the 4th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Tobacco Induced Disease, and the 133rd Annual Meeting of American Public Health Association. Also in 2005, Taiwan invited scholars and experts of other nations to attend the International Tobacco Control and Health Promotion Conference and the Regional Workshop on "Women and Tobacco Control". Participation in these activities was intended for the exchanging of experiences and information on tobacco control and promoting international cooperation. In that year, Taiwan implemented the work plan of the Asia-Pacific Association for the Control of Tobacco and Teachnical Cooperation of Tobacco Control in Cambodia and held an International Anti-Smoking Youth Campaign Program aimed at developing bilateral relations.
In personnel cultivation, the Bureau of Health Promotion continued to increase the quality of local government health departments and bureaus, encourage the participation by more professional personnels, win participation by public benefit organizations, involve nurses in tobacco control, conduct training for tobacco control lecturers, and raise the quality control of county and city tobacco control projects.