The FCTC's Article 5.3, and its accompanying guidelines, sets the precedent for limiting interactions between an industry that profits from harm and those tasked with minimising and ultimately stopping the harm it causes.
Now is the time to make the case, and build a global campaign, for a climate agreement which protects climate change policy-making from the vested interests of corporations that benefit from the continued excessive use of fossil fuels.
For those not familiar with Article 5.3, it is the gagging clause which demands state bodies ignore opposition to tobacco control's policies, good or bad. They don't want any debate, less so one from anyone who actually knows their onions and is capable of highlighting their lies and spin (also see yesterday's post).
This is already being duplicated by the EU and WHO towards alcohol, but here we have a scary scenario whereby climate extremists could well be afforded exclusive access to idiot politicians over and above energy companies who are tasked with infrastructure to prevent the lights from going out, and oil companies who ensure transport serves our everyday needs.
Of course, even though the document proudly boasts throughout of imitating tobacco control tactics to the letter, this is not a slippery slope because tobacco is not like any other product.
Those fine upstanding tobacco control guys - who have never been known to tell a lie - said so.