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Global Community Unites Against Tobacco Industry Interference
Declaration at treaty meeting affirms priority of public health over trade
PUNTA DEL ESTE, URUGUAY - January 19 - As the host country for this week’s tobacco control treaty meetings braces for a legal challenge from Philip Morris International (PMI) to its graphic cigarette warning labels, 172 Parties are uniting behind Uruguay in a declaration adopted this morning.
· reaffirms that health is a fundamental right of every human being;· affirms the sovereign right of all Parties to protect health policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry;· declares Parties’ concern regarding the tobacco industry’s current and ongoing efforts to “subvert and undermine government policies on tobacco control;”· declares the need to exchange information nationally and internationally regarding the tobacco industry’s efforts to interfere in the implementation of the treaty;· encourages non-Parties, such as the United States, to ratify and implement the treaty.