Press Release

Minister Micheál Martin welcomes the adoption of WHO Global Tobacco Control Pact

The Minister for Health and Children, Micheál Martin TD, today (21 May) welcomed the adoption of the world´s first ever-global public health treaty.

The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was today unanimously adopted by the 192 members of the World Health Organisation in Geneva.

Minister Martin, speaking from Geneva, stated – “Ireland welcomes the historic decision taken today which aims to curb tobacco related deaths. Throughout the negotiations, Ireland consistently advocated a strong line on measures to control tobacco, both nationally and internationally. Ireland played a very positive and constructive role in agreeing this text, which will act to save people’s lives. Tobacco now kills some 5 million people per year globally and this figure will double in the next ten years if present trends continue”.

“Ireland has made significant progress in our own tobacco control efforts, many of which are reflected in the Framework Convention. The need to reduce the incidence of smoking related illnesses, has been one of my main priorities as Minister for Health. Measures to protect young people are particularly important to prevent the addiction of a new generation of young people to replace those smokers who are dying prematurely,” Minister Martin added.

“This framework convention will play a key role in the development of a comprehensive European and global tobacco control strategy. It will put in place an international strategy to reduce tobacco-related death and disease world-wide and will require countries to impose restrictions on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, establish new labeling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling,” concluded Minister Martin.