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Burma to Join Efforts to Combat Illegal Tobacco Trade

11 January 2013

Burma and 11 other countries signed a new UN treaty on Thursday that aims to counter the illegal tobacco trade, according to the United Nations Press Service. Representatives from Burma, China, France, Gabon, Libya, Nicaragua, Panama, South Korea, South Africa, Syria, Turkey and Uruguay signed the UN Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products during a ceremony at the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. The new protocol aims to protect people across the globe from the health risks of tobacco, which kills nearly six million people every year.