Tobacco Control

The Tobacco Control Programme contributes to the reduction of the burden of disease and death caused by tobacco through reducing the prevalence of tobacco use and the exposure to tobacco smoke in all segments of the population in the African Region.

Nairobi Declaration on the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the WHO African Region, 2015


The Nairobi declaration was adopted by the Heads of Delegation of Member States from the WHO African Region at the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the entry into force of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in Nairobi, Kenya from 25-27 February 2015.

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Latest tobacco related articles

  • Rwanda hosts high level meeting on tobacco taxation in the African Region Kigali, 2 March 2015 -- The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of Rwanda have organized a two day workshop from 2 to 3 March 2015 to help governments improve health and increase revenues by identifying “best practices” for tobacco taxation. Governments have the potential to use tobacco taxes to manage consumption, raise revenue and promote public health. Evidence shows that a well-administered tobacco tax leads to reduced…
  • Tobacco control must accelerate to protect innocent children, women and men in Africa Nairobi, February 27 2015 -- Delegates attending the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Nairobi marked the 10-year celebration of the implementation of tobacco control in Africa with jubilation and concerted determination to fight the tobacco epidemic to the end. The delegates from 39 of the 47 countries in the World Health Organization (WHO) African Region agreed to the Nairobi Declaration on FCTC to accelerate comprehensive measures, which will save the lives of innocent children, youth and adults…
  • WHO celebrates 10 years of tobacco control in the African Region Nairobi, 25 February 2015 – On 27 February, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates 10 years of implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the African Region. Tobacco kills an estimated 6 million people every year but the true impact remains untold due to the lag of several years between when people start using tobacco and when their health suffers. To date, 43 of 47 Member States in the WHO African Region have ratified the WHO…
  • Ethiopia's Parliament Champions Tobacco Control WHO Awards the House of Peoples' Representatives for its Contribution to Tobacco Control. The World Health Organization awarded the Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives with a WHO Award for the House’s landmark contribution to tobacco control in Ethiopia by ratifying the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on 21 January 2014. The Award was presented by Dr Pierre Mpele-Kilebou, WHO Representative to Ethiopia, on behalf of Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director General. Each year, as part of the celebration of…
  • WHO/EAC regional meeting on alternative livelihoods to tobacco growing Entebbe, 29th July 2014:- The East Africa Community (EAC) secretariat with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) organized an inter country meeting that discussed alternative livelihoods to tobacco growing.  The Chairperson of the meeting, Miss Tabitha Masinjila who is also the Senior Assistant Director, Regional Integration, Ministry of East African Affairs, Kenya, said it was high-time, alternatives get sought for so as not to leave those farmers that may have stopped tobacco farming with no source of income. The…

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WHO-FCTC-10 years-120The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: 10 years of implementation in the African Region whofctcWHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
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Guidelines for implementation of the WHO FCTC
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 altWHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2013