· Tobacco Control
non-USA, by Country
· WHO: FCTC
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Author: Author: by Kemo Cham
Advocates from 22 countries around Africa, recently, concluded an anti-Tobacco conference, held in the Nigerian Capital of Abuja. The 3-day conference, according to the Gambian delegate, Mr Sambujang Conteh, representative of the NGO-CSO Network on Tobacco Alliance, made a passionate call on African delegates due to embark on a World Health Organization conference for the parties to the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, slated for November later this year, in Durban, South Africa.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the African Regional Strategy meeting on Tobacco Control, under the aegis of the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), the Abuja delegates described as alarming the spread of the tobacco epidemic in Africa. They urged tough measures on tobacco, calling on member countries to adopt the strongest possible guidelines based on the dictates of Articles 5.3, 11, and 13 of the FCTC. The effect of tobacco, the communiqué observed, ‘is devastating on health, economy and environment of our continent.’ . . .
In a display of renewed effort, the group also endorsed African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) as an umbrella body to harmonize tobacco control efforts of non-governmental organizations in Africa.
The NGO-CSO network on Tobacco Control, The Gambia, is a composition of five formidable groups of 2 NGOs and 3 civil society organizations. The African Network for Information and Action Against Drugs (RAID – The Gambia) is one of the NGOs, and its director, Mr Sambujang Conteh, the chairperson of the Alliance, represented the country at the Abuja conference. Mr Conteh called for a “concerted effort” in the crusade of stemming the ills of tobacco consumption.
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