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Emphasizing the special contribution of nongovernmental organizations and other members of civil society not affiliated with the tobacco industry, including health professional bodies, women’s, youth, environmental and consumer groups, and academic and health care institutions, to tobacco control efforts nationally and internationally and the vital importance of their participation in national and international tobacco control efforts, recognizing the need to be alert to any efforts by the tobacco industry to undermine or subvert tobacco control efforts and the need to be informed of activities of the tobacco industry that have a negative impact on tobacco control efforts,

Recalling ...the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights, adopted by the United Nations general assembly on December 16, 1966, which states that it is the right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, recalling also the preamble to the constitution of the World Health Organization, which states that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition,

Determined to promote measures of tobacco control based on current and relevant scientific, technical and economic considerations, recalling that the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, adopted by the UN general assembly on December 18, 1979, provides that states parties to that convention shall take appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care, recalling further that the convention on the rights of the child, adopted by the UN general assembly on November 20, 1989, provides that states parties to that convention recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health,

Have agreed, as follows:

Use of terms: For the purposes of this convention: (a) “illicit trade” means any practice or conduct prohibited by law and which relates to production, shipment, receipt, possession, distribution, sale or purchase including any practice or conduct intended to facilitate such activity;

(b) “regional economic integration organization” means an organization that is composed of several sovereign states, and to which its member states have transferred competence over a range of matters, including the authority to make decisions binding on its member states in respect of those matters;

(c) “tobacco advertising and promotion” means any form of commercial communication, recommendation or action with the aim, effect or likely effect of promoting a tobacco product or tobacco use either directly or indirectly;

(d) “tobacco control” means a range of supply, demand and harm reduction strategies that aim to improve the health of a population by eliminating or reducing their consumption of tobacco products and exposure to tobacco smoke; (e) “tobacco industry” means tobacco manufacturers, wholesale distributors and importers of tobacco products; (f) “tobacco products” means products entirely or partly made of the leaf tobacco as raw material which are manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing or snuffing;

(g) “tobacco sponsorship” means any form of contribution to any event, activity or individual with the aim, effect or likely effect of promoting a tobacco product or tobacco use either directly or indirectly...

In order to better protect human health, parties are encouraged to implement measures beyond those required by this convention and its protocols, and nothing in these instruments shall prevent a party from imposing stricter requirements that are consistent with their provisions and are in accordance with international law.

The provisions of the convention and its protocols shall in no way affect the right of parties to enter into bilateral or multilateral agreements, including regional or subregional agreements, on issues relevant or additional to the convention and its protocols, provided that such agreements are compatible with their obligations under the convention and its protocols. The parties concerned shall communicate such agreements to the conference of the parties through the secretariat.

Where appropriate, national will refer equally to regional economic integration organizations.

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