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The Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) notes the launch of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, led by a former official at the World Health Organization [Derek Yach]. The Convention Secretariat regards this tobacco industry-funded initiative as a naked attempt to breach the treaty by interfering in public policy. It is a deeply alarming development aimed at damaging WHO FCTC implementation, and the Secretariat must therefore alert countries to its potentially harmful impact, particularly through contentious research programmes. The WHO FCTC is the world’s only tobacco control evidence based treaty and has been commended by global leaders as providing the primary roadmap to a tobacco-free world. It has 181 Parties, representing 180 States and the European Union, and is supported by numerous nongovernmental organizations.

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