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The World in Medicine
January 19, 2005

Global Antitobacco Treaty

JAMA. 2005;293(3):286. doi:10.1001/jama.293.3.286-b

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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