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Time to ratify

As one of the organizations that has been leading the battle against Big Tobacco for several years, and working for a strong Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), it was gratifying you recognized the urgency of this issue and explained the treaty so clearly and cogently for your readers (Hooked on tobacco, [NI 369](http://www.newint.org/issue369/index.htm)). As I write this, the FCTC has been ratified by 32 countries with 40 needed to bring it into force. We are on the cusp of an historic, lifesaving international treaty, and I urge those countries that have not yet ratified, including the US, to do so.

Kathryn Mulvey Executive Director, Infact (www.infact.org) Boston, US