People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- May 19, 2011
The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) is one of three groups that will be honoured by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as part of this year's World No Tobacco Day campaign.
World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is 31 May.
According to the PAHO website, the groups "have all worked to support the development, adoption and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)".
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The world's first modern-day public health treaty, the FCTC obliges its country Parties to implement a series of standards and legal measures to reduce tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke for their populations
The other groups to be honoured are:
- In Peru, a government-civil society partnership led by the Ministry of Health and the Permanent National Commission on Tobacco Control (COLAT Peru).
- Tobacco-free Chile, an informal coordinating group of dedicated individuals who advocate for stricter tobacco control laws in Chile.
PAHO will observe World No Tobacco Day 2011 on 2 June by hosting a roundtable discussion on "International Cooperation on Tobacco control in the Americas", with the participation of government representatives from Canada, Uruguay and the United States.