Ghana, led by the Ministry of Health, proudly launched its National Tobacco Control Strategy (NTCS), marking a significant step towards creating a healthier, tobacco-free nation.
The NTCS is a comprehensive strategy that would serve as a pivotal document, aligning the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the Public Health Act 2012 (Act 851), the Tobacco Control Regulations 2016 (L.I 2247), and other relevant laws, showcasing Ghana's commitment to global tobacco control efforts.
The Strategy outlines a systematic approach to accelerate tobacco control in Ghana, with a primary focus on protecting the present and future generations from the severe health, social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco use and exposure.
By prioritizing youth and low-income communities, the strategy aims to enhance community engagement and policy implementation on tobacco control.
At its core, the NTCS serves as a guide for effective collaboration among agencies involved in tobacco control. It sets clear goals and adopts strategic timelines, providing a structured framework for implementing impactful measures.
The launch of the NTCS is an important occasion, symbolizing the nation's dedication to combating the detrimental effects of tobacco on both public health and the economy. This extensive collaboration and commitment from various institutions, experts, and civil society members is a testament to the collective efforts invested in its creation and ensures that the strategy is robust, well-informed, and capable of addressing the dynamic challenges posed by tobacco use.
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