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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pushing cigarettes onto children in less developed countries...

Recently I watched a documentary on television concerning the efforts of international tobacco companies trying to find alternative markets for their filthy poisonous products by pushing them onto young children in less developed countries. Anti-smoking campaigns have been too successful in recent years in mainly white western countries. Now they want to use candy flavoured cigarettes too. Read below for some facts about smoking:

In May 2001, Dr. Thomas Novotny, assistant surgeon general of the United States, was in Geneva negotiating a global treaty on tobacco control when he got a late-night telephone call from Washington.

William Steiger, then an adviser to Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, ordered Novotny to abandon positions on international tobacco control that had been staked out by US negotiators during the Clinton administration.

At the time, Novotny was formulating with 190 other nations the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) to reverse a big rise in cigarette smoking, especially among young people in less developed countries. The World Health Organization estimates that there will be a billion smoking-related deaths by the end of the 21st century. This is a death rate ten times greater than in the 20th century.

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