People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- January 9, 2012
|Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (centre) receives a letter from the FCA. Left: Anouar Gharbi, president of the NGO Association droit pour tous; Right:Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament and Director of CIPRET-Genève. (c) Frédéric Pfyffer, RTS|
A letter from the Framework Convention Alliance was hand-delivered to the interim president of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki, in early January 2012.
The letter congratulated the leader for his election in December. It also warned about attempts by the tobacco industry to strengthen its influence in the northern African country following the revolution of January 2011.
FCA's letter reminded President Marzouki of words he spoke during a visit to Geneva in 2001: "Tobacco use is one of the main preventable diseases and preventing it is certainly a matter of human rights, which includes the right to health for everyone."
The Alliance also offered to support the new President and his Government in their tobacco-control activities.
FCA would like to thank Dr. Jean-Charles Rielle, former member of the Swiss parliament, first vice-president of the city council of Geneva and Director of CIPRET-Genève, for delivering the letter on its behalf.
Letter to Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki (in French).