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Peter Boyle, Nigel Gray, Jack Henningfield, John Seffrin, and Witold Zatonski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.001.0001

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Origins and status of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Origins and status of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

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(p.697) Chapter 42 Origins and status of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
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Tobacco
Author(s):

Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva

Douglas Bettcher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.003.0042

This chapter discusses the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The WHO FCTC is public health history in the making and has become a landmark for the future of global public health with major implications for the WHO's health goals. It represents a milestone for the global promotion of public health policies and provides new legal dimensions for international health cooperation. It corroborates the critical roles of international law in preventing disease and promoting health. While the WHO FCTC represents one huge stride forward, it is but a single step in controlling the tobacco epidemic. The success or failure of the Treaty remains highly dependent on country level implementation, and on how international, regional, and national players from different sectors employ it.

Keywords:   WHO FCTC, tobacco use, cigarette smoking, tobacco control, health goals

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