A landmark antitobacco treaty that limits advertising and requires prominent
warning labels on cigarette packs will take effect on February 28.
The World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco
Control was adopted in May 2003 by the WHO’s World Health Assembly.
To take effect, the treaty required ratification by 40 countries that become
“contracting parties” that are legally bound by the treaty’s
provisions. An additional 128 countries, including the United States, have
signed the treaty but have not yet ratified it (http://www.who.int/tobacco/framework/countrylist/en/).
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