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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
China is currently the largest producer and consumer of tobacco, and its national monopoly will continue to dominate the Chinese market. Over the next 20 years, the western-based transnational tobacco companies may still be leading forces, but China and Japan will expand their share over the world markets, by increasing exports and by further acquisitions of transnational companies. Yet both China and Japan have ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), and it will be interesting to observe the effect this will have as time unfolds.
By 2026, the tobacco industry should be fully regulated in all countries, with licensing of nicotine as an addictive drug, and manufacture, promotion and sale under stringent regulatory control by government agencies. The world will not look back at 2006 and comment adversely on strict measures implemented under the FCTC. The question that will be asked of us is “Why did it take you so long?”