Cambodia and Myanmar have been selected by the Convention Secretariat to receive direct support to implement tobacco control strategies and policies. The project will bring together support from across the UN to accelerate the implementation of the Convention.
15 countries will be offered support to create and strengthen coordination mechanisms and action across sectors to implement the WHO FCTC, including treaty obligations to ban tobacco advertising and promotion, ensure tobacco packaging has health warnings, end smoking in enclosed public and workplaces, increase tobacco taxes and protect public health policies from tobacco industry interference.
Tobacco is a major public health concern and a barrier to development. The FCTC 2030 project will definitely strengthen tobacco control in Cambodia and Myanmar where there are more than 1.6 million (32.9%) and 6.2 million (43.8%) smokers respectively.