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Bill to join WHO tobacco control convention submitted to Duma
Russia's government has submitted to the lower house of parliament a draft law for Russia to join a tobacco control convention, the State Duma said on its website Tuesday.
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is an international treaty whose signatory countries take up commitments to deal with the way tobacco consumption affects national health and economic development.
The convention fully bans all advertising of tobacco products and sponsorship by tobacco companies. The advertising ban should be implemented by new member countries within five years of joining.
The government approved the draft law on January 10.
The WHO estimates that 4.9 million people die annually as a result of tobacco-related diseases.
Under the FCTC, countries are also encouraged to eliminate the illicit trade in tobacco products, ban tobacco sales to and by minors, and promote agricultural diversification and alternative livelihoods for tobacco producers.
A total of 172 countries are signatories to the FCTC, which was adopted in 2003.