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Swiss Govt’s decision to end tobacco deal is a welcome move: WHO

In a statement, WHO insisted that tobacco addiction linked to the industry’s “aggressive marketing” of its products causes “suffering and millions of deaths each year”. 


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Updated: 16-08-2019 07:26 IST
Swiss Govt’s decision to end tobacco deal is a welcome move: WHO

Its warning comes amid reports that tobacco companies are aiming to establish new partnerships with governments to sponsor events or pavilions around the world, WHO explained.  Image Credit: Wikipedia

The Swiss Government's decision to decline a sponsorship deal with a major tobacco firm is a welcome move that other countries should follow, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said.

Responding to reports that Switzerland has reconsidered the support of Philip Morris International at the Dubai World Expo 2020, WHO said that "featuring a …producer of tobacco products and cigarettes — the only product that is known to kill half of its consumers - goes against the theme" of next year's expo in the United Arab Emirates, namely "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future".

In a statement, WHO insisted that tobacco addiction linked to the industry's "aggressive marketing" of its products causes "suffering and millions of deaths each year".

Its warning comes amid reports that tobacco companies are aiming to establish new partnerships with governments to sponsor events or pavilions around the world, WHO explained.

All Governments should "proactively aspire" to reduce the number of people who smoke, the UN agency stressed, in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

COUNTRY : Switzerland