Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 56 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Feb-2005
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Global tobacco treaty enters into force with 57 countries already committed
The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) enters into force on Sunday 27 February 2005. This represents an historical moment in public health, as the Treaty gives countries more tools to control tobacco use and save lives. On the 27th, the provisions of the Treaty will be legally binding for the first 40 countries that became Contracting Parties before 30 November 2004. more

Status of the WHO framework convention on tobacco control
The WHO FCTC is currently deposited at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Treaty continues open for ratification, acceptance, approval, formal confirmation and accession indefinitely for States wishing to become parties to it.  more

Why is tobacco a public health priority?
Tobacco is the second major cause of death in the world. It is currently responsible for the death of one in ten adults worldwide (about 5 million deaths each year). If current smoking patterns continue, it will cause some 10 million deaths each year by 2020. Half the people that smoke today -that is about 650 million people- will eventually be killed by tobacco. more


Poster: The smoker's body [pdf 7mb]
See for yourself some the effects of tobacco use on your health. Poster available in English, French and Spanish.
 English/French Version
 Spanish/French Version

Vidyya resource page: Tobacco cessation educational materials
This page conatins helpful information for parents, educators, professionals, youth leaders and employers in need of information about tobacco control. It contains hotline phone numbers, information about getting insurance to pay for cessation programs, the health consequences of smoking and much more.  more

Information for professionals: Health coverage for tobacco use cessation treatments
Paying for tobacco use cessation treatments is the single most cost-effective health insurance benefit for adults that can be provided to employees. Scientifically proven treatments can double a person's chances of quitting smoking. Coverage of tobacco-use cessation treatment increases both use of effective treatment and the number of successful quit attempts. Get the information you need to help your patients in today's issue in Vidyya.  more

Information for professionals: Smoking and health database
The Smoking and Health Database contains abstracts of journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, reports, conference proceedings and conference papers, government documents, policy or legal documents, editorials, letters, and comments on articles. The database is used by researchers, librarians, medical and other health professionals, educators, and students.  more

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