The world’s first public health treaty combats cigarette smoking


The deal represents the culmination of the effort started five years ago to regulate the use of additives in tobacco products. Health authorities hope that the new guidelines would result to lessened incidence of young people getting the habit. But banning ingredients may not be as easy as it seems, since most flavored cigarettes have ingredients such as licorice, chocolate and strawberry – typical ingredients in ordinary food items.

In America, cigarette smoking seems like it’s on the way out. There are restrictions on where you can smoke, and socially, it’s a downer. To varying degrees, smoking is more taboo worldwide as well. From Australia to Uruguay, cigarettes are in the crosshairs.

There’s even a world treaty – the first ever from the World Health Organization – called the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. So far, more than 160 countries have ratified it. The United States has not. We’ll speak with Dr. Judith Mackay, senior policy advisor to the World Lung Foundation, about all these new efforts to curb smoking and why smoking rates worldwide continue to rise.