People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
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Nations can save lives and cut losses of billions of US dollars by deciding this week to work on a new international treaty to combat global trade in illicit tobacco products
This week at a global health conference, health advocates are urging governments to start negotiations on a new international treaty to combat illicit trade in tobacco products.
Representatives of 147 countries are meeting at a global health conference in Bangkok June 30-July 6 2007 to implement the international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of the World Health Organization (FCTC). One of the main agenda items of the conference will be the discussion of an expert report on combating the illicit tobacco trade.
Tobacco kills more people than AIDS, other legal and illegal drugs, road accidents, murder and suicide combined. Currently around five million people worldwide die each year from tobacco-related causes, including cancer, heart disease and respiratory Diseases  . In comparison, HIV/AIDS is responsible for three million deaths each year.
Nations from the Region of the Americas Collaborate to Save Lives and Reduce Economic Losses by Cracking Down on Illicit Trade
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY Representatives from 35 countries are gathering in Montevideo, Uruguay on December 5, 2007 to work on knowledge-gathering and skill-sharing on the illicit trade of tobacco a global crime that contributes to higher rates of tobacco-related disease and death, helps finance criminal and terrorist groups, and robs governments of $US billions in revenue.