Tobacco farmers intensify the movement against WHO standards

Tobacco farmers across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and other states are willing to strengthen their opposition to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, stating it posed a threat to their lives.

The farmers are particularly opposing to the several articles of the FCTC, which regulation, testing, measurement and disclosure of contents.

The draft guidelines for implementation of these articles has already been prepared appoint working groups of the WHO and will be considered for adoption at the fifth conference of the signatories of the FCTC in November.

Farmers bodies across the state, who had gathered at the 13 {+ t} {+ h} awards function Tobacco Institute of India here, decided to step up its fight against the guidelines of the FCTC through the center.

Impact

“FCTC guidelines would have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of farmers and blunt the edge of India in the export market,” P. Bhadri Reddy, a member of the Council for Tobacco, said.

WHO draft guidelines on Articles 17 and 18 of the FCTC provides for the phasing out of tobacco farming by reducing the acreage and the dismantling of trade bodies to promote tobacco products, one of them is tobacco Council in India. Other articles recommend banning all ingredients and additives used in the tobacco industry.

“This recommendation will influence our tobacco farmers, because Indian cigarette tobacco significantly floor with style.

“If these recommendations are used, it can make more than 30% of our products unusable. Not only will there be a sharp decline in cost, but even the revenue from exports will be seriously affected,” Udayan Lall, TII Director specifies.

Institute affirm , the major manufacturers of tobacco, including the United States, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Indonesia, which has not ratified the FCTC, can easily increase their production to cash in the deficit.

“India is the third largest producer of tobacco in the world is estimated to produce 800 million kg, and providing direct and indirect employment to 40 million people.

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