Tobacco Free Initiative

Meeting on Implementation of the Regional Action Plan for the Tobacco Free Initiative in the Western Pacific Region (2015-2019)

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The Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) in the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) develops regional action plans (RAP) every five years. The RAP's strategic focus is to build sustainable capacity, effective policies and governance and multisectoral engagement for enforcement. It also establishes targets for the reduction of tobacco use in adults and youth in the coming five years and provides guidance for member states in the development of their own national action plans for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The RAP for 2015 to 2019 was developed in close consultation with the national tobacco focal points.

There has been much progress made in implementing the WHO FCTC. But there is still much to do and plenty of room for improvement. From 19 to 21 August 2015, with the guidance of the RAP, the TFI/WPRO convened the national tobacco control focal points in Manila, Philippines, to provide a venue for discussion and initiate support for the prioritization of actions and plans of member states.

The objectives of the meeting were: 1) to share experiences among participants on their progress in tobacco control; 2) to identify priorities for action towards achieving the three strategic objectives of the RAP; and 3) to identify next steps to implementation of the RAP at regional, sub-regional and national level.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Joy Alampay
Tobacco Free Initiative World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
E-mail: alampaym@wpro.who.int

Ms Mina Kashiwabara
Technical Officer
Tobacco Free Initiative
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
E-mail: kashiwabaram@wpro.who.int

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