A little-known bureaucracy based in Geneva that wields enormous influence over governments across the world has been operating in secret to limit access to new technologies that millions of smokers are using to save their lives. That is according to a new report out today from Reason Foundation, a US-based non-profit think tank.
The report looks at the work of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, a treaty created by the World Health Organization in 2004 that seeks “to protect present and future generations from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.” Yet, in the eleven years since the treaty came into force, the number of smokers in the world has increased – mainly in China and other poor countries that were the Convention’s primary target.
Julian Morris, Vice President at Reason Foundation, and co-author of the report, comments: “The FCTC has not so far proven to be a stellar success on its own terms.”
Morris and co-author Deepak Lal, Professor of Economics at UCLA, argue that the problem with the FCTC Secretariat is that it is beholden to the idea that the only way to reduce smoking is for smokers to “quit or die.” It is thus highly sceptical of the potential for new technologies, such as vape devices, to reduce smoking, has raised concerns about the safety of these new