Nearly 90% of world's population support anti-tobacco treaty, WHO chiefListen /
The vast majority of the world population supports the international treaty to control and stop tobacco use, according to the head of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr. Margaret Chan spoke in Seoul, South Korea, as delegates from more than 140 Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control began their session on Monday.
They adopted a new protocol committing countries to establish a global tracking and tracing system to reduce the illicit trade of tobacco products.
Dr. Chan commended the work that is being done by governments around the world to implement the global anti-tobacco agreement.
"Our shared goal is to see this treaty fully implemented, to see its powers fully used to reduce tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke, everywhere in the world. As this session opens, support for the Convention has grown to 176 Parties, representing nearly 90% of the world's population."
Dr. Chan said that the tobacco industry will do everything it can to continue promoting tobacco use, including challenging the best science, lobbying lawmakers, wooing the press and taking the issue to court.
She said the industry behaves like what she calls "a corrosive substance that can eat through, or seep through any crack or fissure in the armour" of the defences of those fighting to stop tobacco use.