Government of Turkmenistan supports Regional Tobacco Control Project

In 2015, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) celebrates its 10th anniversary. Strong evidence from various countries shows that measures in the WHO FCTC work, and protect both adults and children from smoking initiation and tobacco-related harm. However, much more can be done to stop the tobacco epidemic in the WHO European Region.

The WHO European Ministerial Conference on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in the Context of Health 2020 took place in December 2013. At the Conference, health ministers of the Region agreed to accelerate actions to protect present and future generations from the devastating consequences of tobacco. Member States confirmed their commitment to speed up efforts to achieve full implementation of the WHO FCTC. They also shared the ambition to work towards a tobacco-free Europe by making the global voluntary target on tobacco use by 2025 a reality in all countries of this Region.

The Government of Turkmenistan supports the tobacco control work in Europe through the Regional Tobacco Control Project. This Project is the first step towards the effective implementation of the Ashgabat Declaration and builds upon the strong commitment of Member States. Key activities proposed for the first year of the Project include supporting key tobacco control needs in Turkmenistan, on its way to becoming a country of excellence in tobacco control, but also in the newly independent states and in the south-eastern European countries.