The Tobacco Products (Regulation) Act, 2003 covers just healthcare and educational facilities and is not well enforced. It is currently under review to ensure conformity with FCTC requirements. Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum (TTCF) and Tanzania Public Health Association were asked to comment on the reviewed Act. Following their review the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare decided to repeal the old law and enact a new one that is FCTC compliant
Preparations for the Campaign for a smokefree Dar es Salaam are well underway.
• Draft by-laws have been presented to the Dar es Salaam Councillors for endorsement.
• TTCF is now working very closely with the Dar es Salaam City Councillors to ensure success of the smokefree campaign.
• Tobacco Control Champions have been identified and trained.
• Opinion polls about the effects of smoking and regulatory framework for smoking in Tanzania have been carried out and, baseline information about public opinion on the use and control of tobacco in Ilala, Kinondoni and Temeke Districts of Dar es Salaam Region has been compiled; people are in favour of smokefree policies.
• TTCF has established a credible Media Wing, to track and report tobacco control issues and also to check on pro-tobacco journalists who report otherwise.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
With only 20 founder members at inception in November 2005, TTCF had 250 registered members from all over Tanzania by early 2009 and a strong network of 20 partner organisations (list provided). Recruitment is on-going.
One of TTCF’s major assets is the diversity of its membership; it has managed to bring together high level representation from government departments, Members of Parliament, higher learning institutions, consumer organizations, women’s groups, environmental organizations, medical societies, lawyers’ organizations, small farmer group organizations, journalists, and others. TTCF has committed Office Bearers and an Executive Committee. The Minister for Health and Social Welfare (MHSW) is the Forum’s Patron. A database of members has been established. List of TTCF partners provided. www.ttcf.or.tz
2. Bloomberg Initiative grants (see www.tobaccocontrolgrants.org)
Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum
Project to advocate for a smokefree Dar es Salaam and for strong national tobacco control legislation; to enhance the capacity of TTCF as a national tobacco control network; to launch an advocacy campaign targeted towards government officials to ensure that existing legislation is FCTC compliant.
Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws
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