African states call for ban on tobacco advertising

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1144
  1. Phyllida Brown, Exeter

    African and Asian states have attacked the current draft of the international tobacco treaty for being too weak and last week tabled new tougher proposals for the next round of negotiations in November. The strength of the developing countries' positions—which contrasted sharply with those of the industrialised countries—surprised some anti-tobacco campaigners.

    Even Zimbabwe and Malawi, which rank sixth and eighth biggest producers of tobacco and rely more heavily on it for export earnings than other producers, now support strong anti-tobacco controls. “Up to now they have been quite negative, but they have now agreed a common position with other African countries,” said Clive Bates of Action on Smoking and Health, who attended the negotiations in Geneva last week. …

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