WHO FCTC COP-4 - good news, WILL not ban ingredients used in producing blended tobacco..

November 21, 2010 - COP-4 - The fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) was just held in Montevideo, Uruguay from October 15 through October 20, 2010.

Tobacco producing countries were misinformed about the World Health Organisation's (WHO attempted to push through a ban of ingredients used in producing blended tobacco. In a fact sheet and question-answer document, FCA (Framework Convention Alliance) clarifies that the guidelines are designed to remove additives that make tobacco products attractive to youth. It also explains that the guidelines do not ban particular types of tobacco but recommend that Parties to the FCTC “restrict or prohibit” flavourings.

Tobacco flavourings are an increasingly important part of tobacco industry marketing, particularly to young people. Flavourings enhance attractiveness, encourage youth initiation, and discourage cessation. (Flavoured tobacco products around the world)

Part 1: avoidance of nicotine addiction - remove the flavoring from all tobacco products..;
Part 2: avoidance of nicotine addiction - remove the flavoring from all tobacco products...

Since mid-2010, associations claiming to represent tobacco growers around the world have distributed misleading information about the flavourings that are added to tobacco products and about draft guidelines that would “restrict or prohibit” these flavourings. COP-4: Attack by International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) on Articles 9/10

Misinformation about tobacco flavours

The growing of tobacco must be phased out over a long period of time but an alternative crop equivalent to the income obtained from tobacco is needed. Alternative Livelihoods and Environment..

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Greece/Bulgaria - governments opposed to WHO's attempt to ban blended tobacco..;
Turkey - like other tobacco growing countries worried that WHO will eliminate blended tobacco..;
African COMESA countries against WHO's attempt to ban ingredients used in blended tobacco..;
WHO FCTC - developing countries need alternative to tobacco growing plus stoppage of cigarette smuggling..;
Europe - tobacco growers are worried but no change until an alternative is found..;
Asian Tobacco Farmers worried Article 9 & 10 WHO FCTC..;
U.S. Burley tobacco growers - WHO FCTC articles elimination of American-style cigarettes..;
Thailand govt - wants to ban the growing of Burley and Oriental tobacco..;
Canada - bill to ban flavored tobacco products gets final approval - Burley Tobacco...