Subregional meeting on the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

24–27 October 2016, Budva, Montenegro

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death and disease. Around 1.6 million people in the WHO European Region die each year from tobacco-related diseases, and the Region has the highest proportion of deaths (16%) attributable to tobacco use. According to the latest “WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2015”, Europe has the highest prevalence of tobacco smoking (28%) among adults, and has some of the highest prevalence rates of tobacco use among adolescents globally.

The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) entered into force 10 years ago in 2005 and is ratified by 50 European countries. Parties in the European Region are facing challenges in meeting their commitments on tobacco control expressed within the Ashgabat Declaration:

  • accelerating efforts to achieve full implementation of the WHO FCTC
  • achieving a voluntary global target of a 30% relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use.

Given the nature of the task ahead, strengthened support to countries and collective action between Member States and the WHO Regional Office for Europe are invaluable during this next crucial period of tobacco control until 2025.

The subregional meeting on the implementation of the WHO FCTC for south-eastern European (SEE) countries is an important step forward in better understanding the full potential of this instrument. The workshop will concentrate on the WHO FCTC, tobacco industry tactics, the key components of effective tobacco control policies and their implementation, as well as defending strategies. The workshop consists of presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. During the workshop, country groups have an opportunity to prepare their tobacco control workplan for the near future.

The subregional workshop will involve 11 country delegations along with regional and global experts.