The decree establishing the National Committee for Tobacco Control (Comité National de Lutte contre le tabac) has been published, but the office has not yet been set up. The Committee is charged with overseeing the implementation of Article 8. Nothing has been done at the legislative level to protect people against secondhand smoke. Only the Ministry of Health has prohibited tobacco use in all its buildings.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
There have been some changes and additions to the parties involved in tobacco control, with the goal of gaining greater visibility for their actions and better coordination in their efforts.
L’Association Tam Tam Tabagisme became Association Vie et Santé (AVIS).
Réseau National de Lutte Contre le Tabac (RNLCT) was replaced by l’Alliance Nationale pour la Prévention du Tabagisme (ANPT).
L’Association Sénégalaise pour la Paix et la lutte Contre la Toxicomanie (ASPAT).
L’Association pour la lutte contre le Tabac et la défense de l’environnement (ALTE).
Le Mouvement Anti Tabac (MAT).
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
There is nothing to raise public awareness about the dangers of secondhand smoke. Only the NGOs are active in this domain and they are advocating for graphic warning labels on cigarette packages.
Needs related to implementing smokefree policies
Media campaigns and TV spots with key messages are an effective tool to raise public awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke. But these will not succeed unless the law is modified.
Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8
Lack of political will. There are certain regions in the country where tobacco is formally banned, for example with religious entities and in the villages of Yoff Touba.
Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws
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