HLTH: WHO Seeks Global Tobacco Treaty (fwd)
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Sun Jan 9 11:26:23 PST 2000
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WHO SEEKS WORLDWIDE TREATY TO CONTROL TOBACCO
The World Health Organization is seeking support for
a global treaty to control tobacco.
Speaking at a conference on Global Tobacco Control Law,
WHO Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland warned that
tobacco could take a ghastly toll in developing countries
unless nations act swiftly to control the substance.
Tobacco kills half its consumers, and could take 10 million
lives annually by 2030, with 70 percent of those coming
from developing countries, Brundtland said Friday, Jan.
7, 2000 at the WHO-sponsored conference.
If countries do not act soon, tobacco will kill more
people in the next 30 years than the combined toll fro
malaria, tuberculosis and child diseases, she warned.
Brundtland noted that tobacco kills one person every eight
seconds -- 4 million preventable deaths annually. But she
said health risks from tobacco are widely underestimated.
"The tobacco industry subverted science, economics and
political processes to market a lethal and inherently
defective product that imposed a massive burden of
disease and death on countries," she said.
Inaugurating the conference, Indian Prime Minister
Atal Behari Vajpayee said young Indians make up nearly
17 percent of tobacco addicts and should be denied access
to the substance.
But Vajpayee said any legal measure to control the
consumption of tobacco must be accompanied by job
creation for those who now work in the tobacco industry.
India is the third-largest producer of tobacco, with
nearly one million people involved in its cultivation.
Some 4.5 million others are engaged in making bidis,
cheap hand-rolled cigarettes.
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