Tobacco Control Legislation

Building capacity of Turkey's Tobacco Control Unit

In 2008, The Union began working with Turkey's Ministry of Health to build the capacity of staff working under the Tobacco Control Unit. The Unit was facing considerable challenges as they were responsible for implementing the country's comprehensive national tobacco control law passed a few months earlier. The Union provided a technical advisor to support the Unit's planning for enforcement. Unit staff received technical and media training and participated in a study tour to Scotland, where legislation had been successfully implemented two years earlier. The Tobacco Control Unit is now self-sufficient with funding from the Ministry of Health in Turkey.

Towards a national smokefree law in China

Sub-national progress in implementing smoke-free policy under The Union's China programme has helped increase momentum at a national level. Smoke-free public places were written into the Twelfth Five-Year Plan of China in February 2011. In late 2012, the national Ministry of Health also began planning for the development of national smoke-free legislation, which had previously been considered impossible given the government ownership of the China National Tobacco Corporation.

Sustainable tobacco control in Guangzhou

A government's financial commitment is a clear indicator that sustainability in tobacco control is being reached. The Union has been working in Guangzhou since January 2009. In 2010, the Guangzhou government allocated 600,000 RMB in parallel funds to local tobacco control programmes. In 2011 and 2012, the government extended their commitment with 4,000,000 RMB allocated in 2012. In 2012, the governments of Tianjin and Harbin also allocated 300,000 and 600,000 respectively to the implementation of smokefree policies and the government of Shenzhen allocated 300,000 to legislation promotion.