Raise tobacco taxes to lower use: WHO
World Health Organization director-general Dr Margaret Chan on Monday accused the tobacco industry for deterring governments from implementing tobacco-control policies such as raising taxes and banning advertising agreed upon under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world's first public health treaty.
"Full implementation of the FCTC would deal the greatest single preventive blow to (noncommunicable) diseases," said Dr Chan at the opening of the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP6) -- countries that have signed the FCTC -- in Moscow on Monday.
Russia, which has introduced strict anti-smoking legislation this year, is hosting a five-day meet, which has been boycotted by the US and Canada this year over Russia's support for rebels in Ukraine.
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