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US and Germany give late support to WHO tobacco accord

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7399.1103 (Published 22 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1103
  1. Fiona Fleck
  1. Geneva

    In a last minute turnabout, the United States and Germany both said they would back a global anti-tobacco treaty—thus leaving no obstacle to its final adoption on 21 May at the World Health Organization's assembly.

    Under pressure from the powerful tobacco industry, the two countries had long lobbied behind the scenes to water down the WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, citing constitutional objections.

    Germany said its constitution prevented it from introducing the comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship foreseen in the treaty. But on Monday a German official in Geneva said …

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