Regional meeting on implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

28–29 April 2016, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

To encourage full implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in the European Region, Member States adopted a roadmap of actions 2015–2025 at the 65th meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, in September 2015. The meeting in Ashgabat will be the first regional gathering of Member States since adoption of the roadmap and will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss its implementation.

The aim of the meeting is to share the latest developments in tobacco control in countries in the Region and to discuss the way forward in reaching the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in the prevalence of tobacco use by 2025.

Several panel discussions will be held during the meeting, on current issues in tobacco control in the WHO European Region, such as tobacco industry interference in health policy-making, the status of the Protocol on the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and plain packaging.

Organized by WHO/Europe, the meeting is funded by the Government of Turkmenistan.

Background

The European Region has the highest prevalence of tobacco smoking among adults (28%) of all the WHO regions and some of the highest prevalence rates of tobacco use by adolescents. Although 50 Member States in the Region are Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the Region is not fully implementing its provisions. Unless action is taken, this lag may impede attainment of the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by 2025.