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Medical associations urge global action on tobacco

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:923
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. London

    Medical organisations around the world have urged governments to put health before commercial trade and profit in the fight against tobacco.

    They have endorsed a manifesto released this week during international governmental negotiations in Geneva for the World Health Organization's framework convention on tobacco control. An estimated five million people will die from tobacco related illnesses in the next 12 months. Tobacco related illnesses are the single biggest cause of death in Europe, and developing countries are already struggling to cope with …

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