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Workshop2 r.khoury

  1. 1. Action for Prevention Rula Khoury Surveillance Officer Regional Office for Europe World Health Organization
  2. 2. Introduction  We have the solution to the global tobacco epidemic: The WHO FCTC. Let’s use it.  WHO FCTC is a powerful tool  WHO FCTC is a strong stimulus for legislation at the national and EU level  Legislation works  The success of the WHO FCTC and legislation depends on everyone - Empower!
  3. 3. Evidence based approach Background WHO FCTC measures include -  First international treaty to be Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies negotiated under the auspices of WHO Protect people from tobacco smoke  Entered into force on 27 February 2005 Offer help to quit tobacco use  46* countries in the Region and Warn about the dangers of tobacco the European Community are Parties Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsorship Raise taxes on tobacco
  4. 4. Evidence based approach Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies Why it is important  Provides important information about the extent of the tobacco epidemic  Helps governments allocate tobacco control resources where they will be most effective  Shows whether policies are being followed  Shows whether policies are working and how they should be tailored to the needs of different populations
  5. 5. Evidence based approach Protect people from tobacco smoke Why it is important It is a powerful and effective tool - it works  There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke  Helps smokers quit  Reduces youth smoking  Rapid decrease in second hand tobacco smoke by 80-90% in high- exposure settings  Reduces the incidence of heart attacks almost immediately  Helps smokers who want to quit  Encourages smoke free homes  Results in either a neutral or positive impact on business, including restaurants and bars
  6. 6. Evidence based approach Protect people from tobacco smoke Why it is important  There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.  Protects people from the harms of second-hand smoke  Helps smokers quit  Reduces youth smoking
  7. 7. Evidence based approach Offer help to quit tobacco use It is a powerful and effective tool - it works Why it is important  When informed of the risks, most tobacco users want to quit, but few get support to overcome their dependence.
  8. 8. Evidence based approach Offer help to quit tobacco use Why it is important  When informed of the risks, most tobacco users want to quit, but few get support to overcome their dependence.
  9. 9. Evidence based approach Warn about the dangers of tobacco Why it is important It is a powerful and effective tool - it works  Most tobacco users are unaware of the harms caused by tobacco use  Pictorial warnings convey a clear and immediate message, especially to youth and people who cannot read  They reduce the overall attractiveness of tobacco packages
  10. 10. Evidence based approach Warn about the dangers of tobacco Why it is important  Most tobacco users are unaware of the harms caused by tobacco use  Pictorial warnings convey a clear and immediate message, especially to youth and people who cannot read  They reduce the overall attractiveness of tobacco packages
  11. 11. Evidence based approach Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship Why it is important It is a powerful and effective tool - it works  Reduces use  Changes the perception of tobacco use towards not being perceived as the norm.
  12. 12. Evidence based approach Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship Why it is important  Reduces use  Changes the perception of tobacco use towards not being perceived as the norm.
  13. 13. Evidence based approach Raise taxes on tobacco Why it is important It is a powerful and effective tool - it works  Encourages tobacco users to quit  Prevents children and non- smoker adults from starting to smoke  Allocating tax revenues for tobacco control and other important health and social programmes further increases their popularity.
  14. 14. Evidence based approach Raise taxes on tobacco Why it is important  Encourages tobacco users to quit  Prevents children and non- smoker adults from starting to smoke  Allocating tax revenues for tobacco control and other important health and social programmes further increases their popularity.
  15. 15. Global Summary
  16. 16. Regional Summary WHO FCTC should be implemented comprehensively  3 countries have fully implemented 4 of the 6 measures  Ireland - P, O, W (mass media) and R Turkey - P, O, W (mass media) and R United Kingdom - P, O, W (mass media) and R  1 country has fully implemented 3 of the 6 measures  France - P, O and R  6 countries have fully implemented 2 of the 6 measures  Belgium, Israel, Romania, Spain - O and R Greece, Hungary, Malta - P and R
  17. 17. Global Developments • Over the past two years, an additional 1.1 billion people have become protected by at least one MPOWER measure implemented at the highest level.
  18. 18. Regional Developments Recent Developments in 2011 President of TURKMENISTAN signs accession to WHO FCTC HUNGARY - smoke free public places and work places UKRAINE to have pictorial health warnings on tobacco products  Senate of KAZAKHSTAN votes yes to pictorial health warnings  President of RUSSIAN FEDERATION signs Tobacco Control Concept  ENGLAND bans tobacco displays in shops
  19. 19. Conclusion We have the solution to the global tobacco epidemic: The WHO FCTC. Let’s use it. WHO FCTC is a powerful tool WHO FCTC is a strong stimulus for legislation at the national and EU level Legislation works The success of the WHO FCTC and legislation depends on everyone - Empower! A wealth of evidence of best practices Best Practices collected by Hungarian Focal Point for Tobacco Control - school-based settings Best Practices collected by WHO Regional Office, and also jointly with German Cancer Research Centre WHO/Europe Legislation Database
  20. 20. Thank youFor any questions, please contact: rkh@euro.who.int

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