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Strong anti-tobacco treaty rejected by two rich nations

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7388.518/b (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:518
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    All but two of the member states of the World Health Organization—the United States and Germany—agreed on Saturday to a tougher than expected global treaty to reduce tobacco consumption.

    Health activists who recently accused negotiators of watering down the text as a result of pressure from the tobacco industry (22 February, p 412) welcomed it as a “major step forward in reversing the global tobacco epidemic.”

    The WHO's director general, Gro Harlem Brundtland, who has made the anti-tobacco treaty the centrepiece of her tenure, hailed the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a “milestone in the history of public health.”

    The agreement includes a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, marketing, and …

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