People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Tobacco cultivation in developed countries is steadily decreasing but increasing in developing countries where the work is labour and input intensive, creates many health and environmental dangers, and doesn't provide much financial gain.
For decades the tobacco industry has spread the myth that tobacco cultivation is highly profitable. To stop this, and provide sources of income to farmers, alternatives to growing tobacco must be provided.
For more information see:
- The Facts
- The FCTC Commitments
- The Work of the Conference of the Parties
- Treaty Text - Article 17, Treaty Text - Article 18