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India ratifies convention on tobacco control

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New Delhi , Feb. 10

THE Government on February 5 ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which is a treaty negotiated under the auspices of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

FCTC, which is aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and diseases, was unanimously adopted by 192 nations at the World Health Assembly on May 21, 2003.

An official release said that India has become the seventh country to ratify the FCTC. Among its many tobacco control measures, the FCTC requires countries to impose restrictions on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, establish new packaging and labelling of tobacco products with strong health warnings, establish clean indoor air controls by imposing restrictions on smoking in public places and strengthen legislation to clamp down on illicit trade in tobacco products.

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