People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
FCTC: Action Now! Media Releases
FCA and other global public health groups welcome the recommendation from world leaders that governments increase tobacco taxes as a key strategy to reduce tobacco consumption and the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
Decisions made at COP6 in Moscow will save hundreds of millions of lives if governments work to implement them immediately, said the Framework Convention Alliance.
An article in this week’s The Lancet medical journal illustrates that timely global action on tobacco control would yield swift health gains at a low price, says the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).
“This Lancet article is further proof that implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is an effective way to cut tobacco use,” said FCA Director Laurent Huber. “It is also a public health best buy. A WHO report released just ahead of the NCD Summit found that tobacco control can be put in place in low and middle income countries for an investment of just US$0.11 per person per year.”