Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Convention on Tobacco Control Agreed. (WHO News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Convention on Tobacco Control Agreed. (WHO News)

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On 1 March, 171 Member States of WHO concluded negotiations on a Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and agreed to transmit the text of this public health treaty to the World Health Assembly for adoption in May. The Convention will then be opened for signature by Member States, and come into force when 40 of them have ratified it. This is the first convention ever to be negotiated under the auspices of WHO. It places legally binding obligations on countries to protect the public from tobacco-related deaths and disease by taking measures in the areas of taxation, smoking prevention and treatment, illicit trade, advertising and promotion, and product regulation.

"The convention we have agreed on is a real milestone in the history of global public health," said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of WHO. "Moreover, it is a milestone in international collaboration in a globalized world. It means nations will be working systematically together to protect the lives of present and future generations."

The announcement was made at the end of the sixth meeting of WHO's Member States to negotiate the Framework Convention. The first was held in October 2000, preceded by two days of public hearings, involving everyone with an interest in the question, including health and other government ministries, nongovernmental organizations, tobacco farmers and the tobacco industry. …

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