The current legislation (Tobacco Control Act 1998) bans smoking in some public places such as restaurants, theatres, hospitals, and public transport. A Tobacco Control Enforcement Strategic Plan (2007-2011) has been prepared, and one of its objectives is to implement smokefree provisions in line with the FCTC.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
SEATCA www.seatca.org Includes Asia Pacific Report Card: WHO FCTC Articles 6,8, 11 & 13 (October 2008).
Resources are provided by the National Centre for Health Promotion, Tobacco Control Enforcement Unit, and the Fiji Cancer Society, an NGO working in partnership with the Ministry of Health in various outreach programs. However, there is great need to acquire resources to monitor and enforce Article 8.
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
The National Centre for Health Promotion has been the leader in mass media campaign awareness regarding Article 8, with media campaigns such as “Winners don’t smoke” and ad hoc anti-smoking campaigns and enforcement messages on television and radio. Other examples are the development of enforcement flyers, a summary version of the Tobacco Control Act, ‘No smoking’ signage and posters.
Needs related to implementing smokefree policies
Provision of awareness-raising information relating to Article 8. This needs to be provided in the three languages- Hindi, English and Fijian languages.
Funding is a constant problem.
Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8
Article 8 is already included in the Tobacco Control Act 1998 -enforcement needs to be strengthened. Enforcement awareness campaigns need to be broadcast at least once every quarter on television, radio and other advertising media to ensure that members of the public are aware that they will be penalised for breaking the law.
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