Physicians see, on a daily basis, the life-shattering effects of tobacco use, for those who smoke
and those who inhale the smoke of others. Although physicians can play a very important role
in preventive and curative care, we must stand together in demanding effective regulation and
legislation, by government, to prevent this epidemic.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is a fine start to this process and we
applaud the courage demonstrated in taking on this challenge. We strongly urge government to
now follow this example. The World Medical Association, global representative body for
physicians, endorses and fully supports this manifesto.