Leaders vow to cut deaths from chronic disease

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - World leaders are pledging to take action to prevent millions of deaths from cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease by tackling the key causes _ smoking, excessive drinking, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets increasingly dominated by fast food.

But the 13-page political declaration approved by the leaders, ministers and diplomats at the first-ever U.N. General Assembly meeting on chronic diseases leaves unanswered the question of coordinating an international response.

At a final round-table discussion on Tuesday, Prime Minister Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts and Nevis said the response must be urgent, comprehensive and fully coordinated at the national, regional and local level.

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