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Tobacco campaigners worried by slow progress on convention

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 20 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1220
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A year after the World Health Assembly adopted the framework convention on tobacco control, the goal of having 40 countries ratify the treaty by 29 June is proving elusive.

    While 192 member nations of the World Health Organization backed the convention last year, only 113 countries have taken the first step towards implementing it by signing it. Of these only 13 have taken the next step and ratified it (indicating a country's agreement to be bound by the provisions after the convention comes into force), most of which are developing countries. The only developed countries to ratify the convention are New Zealand and Norway.

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