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From the Surgeon General
July 18, 2001

International Tobacco Control: An Update

JAMA. 2001;286(3):296. doi:10.1001/jama.286.3.296

Two years ago, I wrote about the 52nd World Health Assembly's (WHA) resolution that began work on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) (JAMA. 1999;281:942-943). Since then, the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have met twice in working groups and twice as an intergovernmental negotiating body, in a process that should lead to the first international treaty developed under WHO. The hopeful atmosphere as the WHA authorized the process has perhaps been tempered a bit by the serious realities of the hard work needed to reach a successful conclusion. But the member states, including the United States, remain committed to meaningful international cooperation.

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