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calls on every country representative attending the Conference of the Parties in Uruguay to fully understand the impact of adopting articles 9 and 10 of the FCTC.
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African leaders of the ITGA
voted unanimously to support South African tobacco growers who are fighting against the proposed law.
Jorge Nestor, the Argentinean President of ITGA
reaffirmed the unshakeable support of tobacco growers from all over the world to the Africans growers and their unanimous decision to defend the right to produce the crop that better assures their economic prosperity.
I commend ITGA
for providing a platform to discuss important issues with the ultimate goal of creating community value for all," Kram said.
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Francois van der Merwe, chairman of ITGA
Africa Region said the decision makers within the FCTC have moved beyond their original intention of helping tobacco farmers find viable alternative crops.
Whilst the ITGA
does not object to tobacco controls per se, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the UN, and in particular the World Health Organisation, is rushing ahead with their plans without fully taking into account the potential economic catastrophe that faces many tobacco-growing nations.
, which represents 30 million farmers with a deep understanding of the crop, argues that these measures will have disastrous social and economic consequences without making any difference to peoples' health.
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chief executive David Walder says, "It dismisses many of the criticisms directed at growers from environmentalists and anti-tobacco lobbyists.