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Quit Victoria welcomes ratification of tobacco treaty

Friday 5 November, 2004

The Federal Government's ratification of the World Health Organisation’s Framework on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a positive move to reduce the harm and suffering caused by tobacco in Australia and the Asia-Pacific, according to Quit Victoria.

Quit’s Executive Director Todd Harper welcomed the ratification of the FCTC and said the Federal Government had shown leadership by sending the signal that tobacco control should be high on the international agenda

Smoking is an international problem, and it is important that Australia has taken a role of regional leadership to ensure a co-operative approach to combat the massive health and economic damage wrought by tobacco,"" said Mr Harper.

""The Federal Government's decision to ratify the treaty is major boost to global efforts to fight an escalating, yet preventable, health crisis.'

Only six more countries need to ratify the treaty before the FCTC becomes international law, requiring parties to the convention to implement comprehensive tobacco control measures including rules on advertising, product contents, health warnings on packaging, illicit trade and taxation

'Smoking is responsible for over 19 000 deaths in Australia each year and tobacco control is an issue that remains in forefront of public concern.'

“There has always been vocal community support around the need to develop more tobacco control initiatives, so it encouraging to see the Federal Government putting smoking high on the political agenda, both nationally and internationally, by ratifying the FCTC” said Mr Harper.

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Further information:

Edwina Vellar,
Media Manager
ph: (03) 9635 5400
mob: 0417 303 811           
email: edwina.Vellar@cancervic.org.au

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