A number of Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Bangladesh and Nepal want to ban all forms of smokeless tobacco and they are demanding a respective law to be implemented.
Smokeless forms of tobacco include such popular product as areca nut. The specialists from WHO said on the regional meeting of the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control that smokeless tobacco presents a serious public health problems in most countries in Asia region.
The meeting was organised by Health Ministry of India in cooperation with WHO SEAR (southeast Asian region).During the meeting they reviewed putting into practise of the WHO convention and most important developments related to the treaty not only in Asia but worldwide.
Besides this, the meeting helped to perform exchanges between countries on implementation achievements and challenges, which includes recognition of the best practices and the methods of further promoting their use and distribution.
It reviewed tools available for putting into practice the convention, especially the reporting system and the guidelines.
The officials say that tt also decided to increase understanding of the newly adopted protocol to abolish illegal trade of tobacco products and to promote its signature and ratification.
The participants on the meeting besides countries mentioned above included also representatives from Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, and Timor Leste.
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