People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The FCA has been committed to a treaty to address the global tobacco epidemic since it emerged as an alliance from a small group of like minded civil-society organisations in 1999. Today we are a network of more than 350 health and tobacco control organisations across more than 100 countries.
We choose to associate together freely at this and similar conferences in order to share expertise and resources and to discuss issues and events. At the same time, having these organisations represented under a single umbrella makes it easier for the COP to interact with civil society. All FCA member organisations retain their full independence. We are a strictly non-partisan network, being concerned only with the implementation and development of the provisions of the Convention.
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