Vice Squad
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Peru Proves Pivotal... bringing the World Health Organization's international treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), into effect. The treaty needed to be ratified by 40 of the 168 signatories to take effect, and Peru became number 40 on November 30. From the WHO's press release:
The WHO FCTC will enter into force on 28 February 2005, in 90 days. From that date on, the 40 Contracting Parties will be legally bound by the provisions of the Treaty. These provisions set international standards on tobacco price and tax increases, tobacco advertising and sponsorship, labelling, illicit trade and second-hand smoke.
Pre-Peruvian ratifiers include Brunei Darussalam, Cook Islands, and Nauru. The US, like Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, has signed the treaty, but not yet ratified it. Here's the WHO website with the complete list of signatories and ratifiers; the Convention itself is available here.

[Update, February 7, 2005: the pronouncement of Peru's pivotal status was premature! Basically, there was mass confusion at the WHO: here's the amended word.]

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