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World Health Professions Alliance
Main health professions
say stronger government action
Physicians, nurses and
pharmacists call for more to be included in the
Geneva, 28 February 2003 - Voicing concern that crucial measures needed for an effective Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) are being "watered down", the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), today called for stronger tobacco control measures to be included in this WHO document. The WHPA is an alliance of the global representative bodies for physicians, nurses and pharmacists.
The terrible health consequences of tobacco have been well documented and proven beyond a shadow of doubt. Therefore governments should take stronger action to curb this epidemic and especially protect the vulnerable groups in global society. While the draft FCTC is a step in the right direction, health professionals are concerned that it lacks strength in crucial areas.
Advertising ban essential
Second-hand smoke protection required
Education programmes a must
For further information contact Linda Carrier-Walker Tel : +41 22 908 0100;
fax : +41 22 908 0101; email: ; Web site www.icn.ch