Subregional workshop on legal issues in implementation of the WHO FCTC for NIS countries

14–18 December 2015, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) entered into force 10 years ago, in 2005, and has been ratified by 50 of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. Parties in the European Region are facing challenges in meeting their commitments to tobacco control, as expressed in the 2013 Ashgabat Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the Context of Health 2020. Therefore, accelerated efforts are needed to fully implement commitments under the WHO FCTC and to meet the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in the prevalence of current tobacco use by 2025.

Tackling the legal issues associated with implementing the WHO FCTC

Against this background, a 1-week subregional training workshop has been organized on the many legal issues involved implementing the WHO FCTC. It will give participants a better understanding of the WHO FCTC, tobacco industry tactics, the key components of effective tobacco control policies and their implementation as well as defence strategies.

The workshop will be attended by participants from the 12 Newly Independent States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The Government of Turkmenistan is supporting implementation of the Ashgabat Declaration in the WHO European Region financially and will host the subregional workshop on legal issues within a joint agreement between Turkmenistan and the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Background

Tobacco use is the most readily preventable cause of death and disease. About 1.6 million people in the WHO European Region die each year from tobacco-related diseases, which is the highest proportion of deaths attributable to tobacco use (16%) of all the WHO regions. According to the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015, Europe has the highest prevalence of tobacco smoking (28%) among adults and some of the highest prevalences of tobacco use among adolescents globally.