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WHO Armenia and Tobacco Control in the Republic


21.03.2018
Tobacco control is one of the most effective means to reduce the premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases.

According to 2016-2017 Armenia STEPS Survey percentage of current tobacco smokers in male population of Armenia is 51.5%, which is higher compared to the WHO European region average (38.5% in 2013) , and in female population is 1.8 %, which is lower than WHO European region average among women (20.7% in 2013). 

On 20 March 2018 press conference was conducted in the Conference Hall of the United Nations House dedicated to the new tobacco control law in Armenia. The press conference was organized by the World Health Organization Country Office in Armenia in cooperation with the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Armenia (RA) in the framework of the WHO mission on tobacco control. The aim of the WHO experts’ visit is to promote implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). 

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death and diseases that can be successfully tackled by comprehensive and evidence-based tobacco control policies. Many European countries introduced comprehensive tobacco control packages.

Dr Egor Zaitsev, WHO representative in Armenia mentioned that “Tobacco control is one of the most effective means to reduce the premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which will contribute to achievement of the global target on reducing the NCD-related deaths by one third by 2030, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

Specific tobacco control interventions, which are in line with WHO FCTC, can significantly reduce tobacco use:

  • ban on smoking in all indoor public places;
  • offering evidence based smoking-cessation services;
  • placing strong and large pictorial warnings on tobacco packages;
  • ban on all advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and
  • raising tobacco prices through high taxes.

New projections from the World Health Organization (WHO) indicate that implementing strong tobacco control policies in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) will result in significant positive health and economic impacts in countries of the WHO European Region.

Strengthening tobacco control policies in Armenia will help to protect the population from the harmful health effects of smoking and prevent premature deaths from tobacco use.

Resources

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Tobacco Control Playbook: online tool exposing myths about tobacco

http://www.who.int/chp/steps/Armenia_2016_STEPS_FS.pdf?ua=1