Slovenija Working Over New Tobacco Control Plan

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Milojka Kolar Celarc, the Minister of Health in Slovenija, during the celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 told that the country should create a clear tobacco-free plan for next years.

Doctors say that use of tobacco is among leading causes of a number of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases that can be prevented by quitting and elimination of secondhand smoke exposure. In the country annualy die 3600 of people (10 per day) suffering from those diseases and those people are under 60. Among people aged 30 and above, 27% men and 11% women die from having a chronic noncommunicable disease. Those deaths can be prevented with strict tobacco control policies.

Data suggests that the country shows no significant changes in reduction of smoking rates in past several years. Data obtained in 2012 demonstrates that 24% of total population aged 15-64 used cigarettes while 22.6% of population between 25-64 did this. In 2008-2012 the number of smoking people aged 25-64 has increased, but the percentage of smoking males remain the same as before.

However, experts point out on a reduction of smoking rates among teenagers of both sexes aged 11, 13, 15 in the period 2010 and 2014. Data obtained in 2014 demonstrates that about 13% of 15-year-olds teens use cigarettes at least once a week or even more.

The experts group consists of people from different spheres related to health and tobacco control. They meet regularly in the past several years with the aim to find appropriate ways to reduce smoking rates in Slovenija and prevent people from negative effects of secondhand smoke. The meeting takes place annually on World No Tobacco Day. This year main subject of discussion was the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Experts say that an effective tobacco control program is made up from proven and effective smoking reduction methods. Slovenjia wants to achieve its tobacco control aims in the course of the program “Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013–2020”.

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