Posted by: audreybenenati | April 12, 2010

Smokescreen for Smuggling

Tobacco Industry attempts to derail the Illicit Trade Protocol

In 2005, the first global public health and corporate accountability treaty took effect to turn back the tide of the

world’s largest preventable cause of death – tobacco. Today, 168 countries have ratified the global tobacco treaty,

known formally as the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

In 2008, Parties unanimously adopted strong guidelines for Article 5.3 of the FCTC that safeguard against the

tobacco industry’s fundamental conflict of interest with public health. These guidelines are key to the success

of the treaty’s implementation and enforcement. Today, Big Tobacco remains bent on brushing these guidelines

aside and undermining the world community’s efforts to protect public health. The tobacco industry’s latest

efforts focus on weakening the global effort to curb the illicit trade of tobacco.

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