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On Sept 4th 2018, the WFPHA Immediate Past President M. Moore AM, sent a letter to the Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz urging him to take action to support full implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) implementing stricter tobacco control policies in Austria.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was a landmark treaty in the history of public health. Though its regulations have reduced the burden of non-communicable diseases caused by tobacco smoke, the battle for worldwide tobacco control has yet to be won. Some non-smokers are still heavily exposed to secondhand smoke, especially those working in hospitality industries where smoking is allowed indoors.

Since several years, WFPHA undertakes tobacco control-related activities and performs strong advocacy.

The Austrian government cancelled a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, putting workers and patrons at a higher risk of emphysema, cancer, and other NCDs. The decision may also reverse the nation’s improvements in reducing rate of smoking among youths. Austria’s action contrasts the goal of the FCTC and represents a step backward in public health.

The letter has been quoted by a number of journals:







image005 Letter to Austrian Minister Sebastian Kurz

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