People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says governments are not doing enough to protect citizens from secondhand smoke, and calls on them to urgently implement the tobacco treaty.
The call follows WHO’S recently released Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009, which finds that, even as the global toll of tobacco grows, most governments are falling short in implementing the policies required by the international tobacco control treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The report finds that governments are not moving quickly enough to enact comprehensive smoke-free laws that provide protection from deadly secondhand smoke, with more than 94 percent of the world’s population still unprotected.
The report outlines the devastating scope of the tobacco epidemic and that it is entirely preventable if nations urgently implement the proven solutions called for by the tobacco treaty. It is a wake-up call for nations to take immediate action that can save hundreds of millions of lives.
Download report from WHO’s website