Czech Republic celebrates World No Tobacco Day


World No Tobacco Day 2014 celebrations in the Czech Republic included a policy dialogue on national tobacco control policies and awareness-raising activities organized at national and local levels across the country.

A policy dialogue on tobacco and alcohol policies took place on 27 May 2014, under the auspices of Professor Rostislav Vyzula, Chair of the Health Committee of the Chamber of the Deputies of the Parliament. Public health authorities, senior experts, politicians and nonprofit representatives discussed the legal and economic aspects of current pricing and taxation policy and the link between alcohol and tobacco consumption, particularly in relation to problems of high alcohol consumption in the country.

18 cities, including those in the National Healthy Cities Network, drew attention to World No Tobacco Day through various activities such as free physical examinations, a healthy-food-tasting contest, a hiking event to promote a healthy lifestyle and lectures by medical specialists on tobacco dependence, prevention and treatment.

To encourage public debate, the National Institute of Public Health made a statement, issued a poster and posted a questionnaire on its website.