Countries all around the world are aware of the dangers of smoking. So in May 2003, they did something about it by adopting the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the world's first global public health treaty.
The aim of the treaty or agreement is to protect present and future generations from the damaging effects of tobacco by providing a single set of control measures in order to reduce the use of tobacco and exposure to smoke.
By signing and adopting the treaty, countries commit to these measures. For example, one measure is that governments shouldn’t grant incentives, privileges or benefits to the tobacco industry to establish or run their businesses. Another is making all workplaces smoke free.
Australia has these measures in place, but many countries that have approved the treaty still need to work towards meeting the requirements.
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