Tobacco

How healthy is your world?

"WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was a monumental step in the right direction," -- Jack E. Henningfield, United States of America

You cited tobacco as the most neglected health issue of 2005. Many of you were especially concerned by the effects of second-hand smoke and aggressive tobacco advertising – particularly in developing countries.

Tobacco use kills about five million people each year. The good news is that a growing number of countries are joining the fight against tobacco by signing up to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) – the first ever global health treaty negotiated by WHO. The treaty is now in force and sets international standards on tobacco control measures such as tobacco prices and tax increases, advertising and sponsorship, product warning labels, smuggling and second hand smoke. By 15 December 2005, 114 countries, plus the European Community, had become parties to the WHO FCTC.

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