There are currently no national regulations on smokefree environments. A Draft National Tobacco Control Bill was developed but it has yet to be approved by Cabinet and be presented to Parliament for debate and approval. There has been no official announcement to go smokefree. Some workplaces have gone smokefree e.g. Ministry of Health (MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS) some transport companies, hotels and airports. All the necessary smokefree regulations are in the 2003 Tobacco Product Bill, but it is yet to become law.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
NGOs and advocates are available but, as there are no websites, international websites are used. Organisations include Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Tobacco Control, Network for Community Planning and Development (NECPAD), Vision for Alternative Development, Movement Against Tobacco and Substance Abuse (MATOSA), Healthy Ghana, Consumer Concerns Initiative, Health Page Ghana, Communications for Development, Future Rescue Foundation, Action for Integrated Development, Federation of Youth Clubs, etc. The NGOs learn and share from each other. Fellow Advocates participate in each other’s programme. What is needed are the appropriate logistics, capacity and lessons from other organisations and countries.
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
Very limited public education/implementation or enforcement materials are available for smokefree. Existing materials are produced by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service on tobacco smoke but are not readily available. NGOs are being called upon to reproduce them. Posters, flyers, cards, banners, T-shirts need to be developed to assist the campaign, especially with policy advocacy.
Needs related to implementing smokefree policies
Technical support/expertise in the area of smokefree policy development, advocacy and lobbying to help with the development of the necessary policy documents and materials.
Capacity building for key advocates and media allies.
Logistics and finance to facilitate the process and help achieve the action plan to be developed through consultations and workshops among stakeholders.
Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8
The commitment of NGOs to ensure the full implementation of the FCTC provisions. Sensitization of the hospitality Industry and other stakeholders in the country for the pending smoking ban. Collaboration of NGOs with stakeholders such as WHO, MOH, GHS and Food and Drugs Board (FDB).
Inadequate governmental/political support.
Inability to use public support.
Lack of capacity for Article 8 implementation.
Finance to undertake strategic projects and to enhance consultation among stakeholders.
Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws
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