Nauru has very high smoking prevalence – more than 50% of women and almost 50% of men. Current legislation only covers government buildings. Smokefree legislation covering indoor public places has been drafted but has not yet been passed. It does not include a definition of “public place”.
The tobacco control bill and legislation have been finalised, but are still awaiting approval by government. The bill is expected to be passed by the parliament in early 2009. Nauru celebrated WNTD 2007 and 2008 by raising awareness of the health effects of tobacco and the need to implement Article 8. Holding discussions with key stakeholders about implementing Article 8.
Smokefree resources available in 2009
SEATCA www.seatca.org Includes Asia Pacific Report Card: WHO FCTC Articles 6,8, 11 & 13 (October 2008).
Public education materials/implementation or enforcement materials
Educational materials have been prepared for the public (posters, banners, leaflets, TV and radio ads); role play by health workers; slogans ‘Smoke alone, Die alone’.
Needs related to implementing smokefree policies
Need legislation to be approved by government.
Factors helping or hindering the implementation of Article 8
Legislation not yet being approved.
Other countries that have influenced smokefree laws
First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Health Service Food and Human Resources: Discount wholesale cigarettes