|PAHO to Honor Tobacco Control Initiatives in the Americas|
Washington , D.C., 20 May 2011 (PAHO) - Three tobacco control alliances-from Chile, Peru and around the world-will be honored by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as part of this year's World No Tobacco Day campaign.
The three groups have all worked to support the development, adoption and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The world's first international public health treaty, the FCTC obliges its country Parties to implement a series of standards and legal measures to reduce tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke for their populations.
The three alliances to be honored by PAHO are:
This year's World No Tobacco Day campaign reminds countries of the need to fully implement the FCTC to protect current and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.
Among its provisions, the FCTC calls on countries to:
In force since 2005, the FCTC has proved to be one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties in the history of the United Nations, with more than 170 countries as Parties. WHO, PAHO and the Conference of the Parties all provide support to help countries meet their obligations under the treaty and its related guidelines.
World No Tobacco Day is observed on or around May 31 each year to raise awareness of the harmful effects of tobacco use and to promote public health measures aimed at reducing consumption of tobacco and exposure to tobacco smoke. PAHO will observe World No Tobacco Day 2011 on June 2 by hosting a roundtable discussion on "International Cooperation on Tobacco control in the Americas" with the participation of government representatives from Canada, Uruguay and the United States.