26 Mar 2010
Argentina is one of the key South American countries that have not yet ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Due to this, the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) has identified Argentina as a key target for 2010.
If Argentina ratifies before August then the country can fully participate in the 4th Conference of the Parties in Uruguay during November 2010.
Tobacco is the leading cause of morbi-mortality in Argentina and worldwide. Its consumption leads to respiratory and cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer, causing the loss of 800,000 otherwise healthy Argentine lives every year.
About 30 per cent of the country’s adult population is smokers and over 40,000 deaths occur every year as a direct consequence of tobacco consumption. This also implies very high financial costs in terms of medical treatment for tobacco-related illness, estimated at 7 billion pesos each year.