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United States and Germany are keen to see tobacco agreement watered down

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1055
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Fears are growing among antitobacco campaigners that the European Union may bow to pressure from the United States and Germany and water down the World Health Organization's framework convention on tobacco control, which is due to be adopted in Geneva later this month.

    A draft text that was being examined by senior EU officials this week indicates that the EU would be prepared to accept reservations to the convention if any potential signatories press for the reopening at the Geneva meeting of negotiation of its contents.

    The United States, which dislikes the convention and has …

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