(The FCTC was adopted by WHO member countries in May 2003. It will commit all countries that ratify it to: eliminate all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship within 5 years (with a narrow exception for those nations whose constitutions prohibit a complete ban); require warning labels occupying at least 30% of the area of cigarette packs (and suggests 50% or more); prohibit misleading tobacco product descriptors such as “light” and “mild”; and protect nonsmokers from tobacco smoke in public places. The FCTC also urges strict regulation of tobacco product contents; higher tobacco taxes, global coordination to fight tobacco smuggling, and promotion of tobacco prevention, cessation and research programs.)
As of July 11, 2006 United States is one of the dwindling minority of countries that have not yet ratified the global tobacco treaty. It seems like the Bush Administration is siding with tobacco corporations like Philip Morris/Atria explains Corporate Accountability International Executive Director Kathryn Mulvey. The Bush administration signed the global tobacco treaty with great fanfare in May 2004, but has not given the U.S. Senate an opportunity to vote on ratification.
133 countries (as of July 11, 2006) have ratified, protecting more than 75% of the world's population. The global tobacco
epidemic is projected to claim 10 million lives per year by 2020. The treaty aims to reverse this trend with provisions
including a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The ban is meodeled after regulations in
countries like Thailand. (PR Newswire, 7/11/2006)
Learn more about FCTC from the World Health Organization Web Site