Topic is treaties and civil society- I am a lawyer who spent most of my career as a litigator and government regulator- I am a real latecomer to foreign relations- that is my husband’s area- he teaches international relations. But after I retired from the government I was offered the opportunity to help create an international NGO coalition in support of the nascent Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Having spent almost 30 years in the US governmental bureaucracy- I figured how much more difficult could it be. Well- I had a four-year education awaiting me. Issues were diverse- not just learning how a treaty was negotiated- what were the issues- is a multilateral treaty the best mechanism for health- Treaty may be first- health but it startd with many economic issues- industry wantd to be a part as they usually are, but seen as disease vector, needed client governments- US, Germany and Japan. North south, is it a developed world life style issue or corporate greed.
The Growing Global Tobacco Epidemic and the International Response Ross Hammond Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids University of Washington 2 May 2007
1. Tobacco & Globalization 2. Tobacco & Poverty 3. The Global Toll 4. The International Response
“ Philip Morris strongly supports NAFTA and also supports the Uruguay Round process….We are well positioned to take advantage of the new opportunities that the removal of trade barriers will offer us. I see both the NAFTA and the Uruguay Round as real “winners” as far as Philip Morris is concerned.”
“ Tobacco use is unlike other threats to global health. Infectious diseases do not employ multinational public relations firms. There are no front groups to promote the spread of cholera. Mosquitoes have no lobbyists .” -- WHO Zeltner Report, 2000
“ We must try to stop the development towards a Third World commitment against tobacco. We must try to get all or at least a substantial part of Third World countries committed to our cause….We must try to mitigate the impact to WHO by pushing them into a more objective and neutral position.”
Smokers are at much higher risk of falling ill and dying prematurely. If the main breadwinner becomes ill from tobacco, the family loses that person’s income AND has to bear the additional health care costs.
Tobacco Farming Can Lead to Indebtedness & Ill Health
Focus on fifteen c ountries with the greatest number of tobacco users
Brazil Mexico Turkey Pakistan Egypt Ukraine Philippines Thailand Vietnam Poland
Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ Role in Bloomberg Initiative
To support advocacy efforts in the following ways:
Strategic Planning/Campaign Support
International Legal Consortium
Advocacy Grant Fund
MORE INFORMATION: www.fctc.org www.tobaccofreekids.org Yach, Wipfli, Hammond & Glantz, “Globalization and Tobacco” in Ichiro Kawachi & Sarah Wamala eds., Globalization and Health , London: Oxford University Press (2006).