Find out policymakers’ common questions on health promotion and answered here The Ministry of Health (MOH) can request a larger budget for health promotion activities. Thus there is no need for another agency. A surcharge tax is counter to financial discipline and traditional practice. A surcharge tax will put further burden to the tobacco/alcohol industry. …

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HOW to advocate for the Health Promotion Fund?

Campaigning to increase/dedicated tax Key campaign strategies Identify a campaign leader Organize a coalition of supporters Establish an evidence base Assess public opinion Plan an extensive public awareness campaign Prepare draft legislation Successful lobbying and advocacy for change Case study: Victorian Letter-writing campaign Lessons learnt Present a consistent, evidence-based rationale that is persuasive for decision-makers. …

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WHAT is needed to set up the Health Promotion Fund?

Making a case for an appropriate governance structure Lobbying and advocacy Legislative requirements Process and strategies for achieving legislative change Finding the policy opportunity Presenting a sound rationale and evidence Policy synergies and building consensus between finance and health sectors Strategic partnerships and leadership Appointing a governing body (fund administer) Governance Setting the objectives and …

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WHAT type of governance structure for the fund?

Model of health promotion fund Model 1: Autonomous agency Characteristics Advantages and disadvantages Case studies The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) Western Australia Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway) Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) Austrian Health Promotion Foundation Tonga Health Promotion Foundation (TongHealth) Model 2: A semi-autonomous agency (the composite model) Characteristics Case studies Health Promotion Switzerland …

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HOW is the fund used?

(Interactive world map and summary table for download) Tobacco control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Health Insurance/UHC Other/more general health programmes

WHY is taxing tobacco so important?

Direct health and other benefits of tax increases Countering the tobacco industry A fair return to smokers Ability to fund a range of health-related initiatives A long-term investment A means to replace tobacco advertising and sponsorship A lasting funding source, despite change Less susceptible to diversion of funding for purposes other than health promotion