Information compiled in 2008

Smokefree legislation/initiatives

No national regulations on smokefree environments. (MPOWER, WHO, 2008). Smoking restrictions only apply to the Ministry of Health.
Trainings, sensitization/public awareness campaigns (among the old and the young, men and women, in the capital and in rural areas) on the dangers of smoking.
Training health professionals on the effects of smoking and in turn target groups
Discussions with Parliament on Article 8.

Smokefree resources available in 2008

Don’t have resources, but are looking for them.
ABULUTA is the sole anti-tobacco organisation in Burundi.
ABULUTA is a member of IMPACT and benefits from the experiences of other members and also from countries that have ratified the FCTC.

Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials

ABULUTA is drawing on the example of its neighbor, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and other FCTC Parties.

Needs related to implementing smokefree policies

Funds for training meetings and public awareness campaigns on the dangers of tobacco e.g. TB, cancer. Looking for financial support to strengthen ABULUTA.
A strong partnership in tobacco control.

Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8

The Burundian population lacks knowledge about the dangers of tobacco use.
Lack of political will or weak political will for tobacco control.

Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws

Democratic Republic of Congo

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