People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
WASHINGTON, 29 April – The world’s health ministers should be congratulated for identifying tobacco control as a proven tool to fight major killer diseases and boost development, says the Framework Convention Alliance, which represents over 350 organisations from more than 100 countries.
At the end of a two-day meeting in Moscow, the ministers issued a declaration noting that many countries now face the monumental challenge of combating both communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). To do so successfully, the ministers urged a shift from disease-centred to people-centred healthy systems.
“Evidence-based and cost-effective interventions exist to prevent and control NCDs,” says the Moscow Declaration. “These interventions could have profound health, social, and economic benefits throughout the world.