Tobacco control moves forward in Tajikistan


A roundtable dialogue dedicated to finalizing the National Tobacco Control Programme and Action Plan was organized by the Ministry of Health of Tajikistan with WHO/Europe support on 28 November 2013. The Action Plan is a critical step toward implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which was ratified this year by Tajikistan.

The roundtable discussion brought together the main stakeholders involved in tobacco control policy development over the past year. Approximately 35 participants attended, including the ministries of health and foreign affairs, the Tax and Customs Committee, as well as representatives from various other ministries, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and mass media.

The objective of the roundtable was to discuss implementation of the National Action Plan and new tobacco control legislation.

Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative in Tajikistan noted at the start of the meeting that "it is encouraging to see discussion on the further actions, plans and steps to be taken to implement the National Action Plan". He thanked all those involved in the development of the document, including external experts provided by WHO.

The roundtable consisted of expert presentations, including by Mr Konstantin Krasovsky on behalf of WHO, question and answer sessions and open debates among participating ministries, committees, agencies and stakeholders. It resulted in a series of conclusions and recommendations.