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World's First Public Health Treaty To Take Effect: Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Set to Become International Law Despite Years of Intense Lobbying by Tobacco Giants

Press Release Source: Corporate Accountability International

Tuesday November 30, 12:51 pm ET
Corporate Accountability International (formerly Infact) Applauds Countries That Stood Up to Tobacco Industry; Urges US to Reverse Direction and Ratify Quickly

BOSTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world's first public health and corporate accountability treaty, has been ratified by 40 countries and is now set to take effect. According to its implementing provisions, the treaty becomes binding international law after the 40th country ratifies. The landmark was reached when Peru ratified the treaty today.

"This is a tremendous victory for corporate accountability and public health that will undoubtedly save millions of lives," says Kathryn Mulvey, Executive Director of the US-based Corporate Accountability International. "This treaty demonstrates that working together, the nations of the world and their NGO allies can limit the influence of giant corporations. Attempts by Philip Morris/Altria and the rest of the tobacco industry to prevent an effective treaty from entering into force have proved futile."

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