People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
A comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship came into force in Colombia on Thursday.
In municipalities around the country, public health organisations marked the day by launching education campaigns to raise awareness about the national law, which is a road map for Colombia to meet its obligations under the global tobacco control treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
Tobacco use in Colombia is alarming: the smoking prevalence among youth is nearly 30 per cent and there are 25,000 preventable deaths each year caused by tobacco.
In response, in 2009, Colombia enacted sweeping legislation to curb tobacco industry advertising and sponsorships, make all public buildings smoke-free, provide health warnings on tobacco packaging and ensure advancements in tobacco control policies and public education programmes.
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