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  • Tobacco companies will be closely monitored (Photo:Reuters)

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This year's World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has been regarded as one of the most successful in history.

During the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Moscow many measures to fight tobacco consumption were agreed, after 6 days of talks.

One of the most important agreements was the increasing of taxes to reduce tobacco consumption, also they agreed on the creation of a protocol to the illegal trade of tobacco products and its by-products, and to increase the monitoring on tobacco producers.

The WHO delegates agreed that higher taxes leads to higher prices, therefore to a lower consumption of the substance. Tobacco prices should increase worldwide annually considering inflation and income growth.

During her speech, WHO Director, Dr. Margaret Chan stated that “as implementation of the Framework Convention reaches new heights, the tobacco industry fights back, harder and through every possible channel, no matter how devious those channels and practices are.”

Meanwhile the Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr. Vera da Costa e Silva said: “Parties have taken courageous steps forward in a number of areas and I am pleased by the guidance to the Secretariat to scale up our collaboration with international organizations to reduce tobacco use, while continuing to assist Parties in accelerating the implementation of the Treaty.”

Other decisions made at the Convention include, the proposal to regulate "e-cigarretes" and the implementation of a protocol on sustainable alternative livelihoods for tobacco growers.

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