Target : Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Tanzania
Sponsor : Tanzania Tobacco Control Forum
Subject of your message : Ban cigarette advertisement in Tanzania
Message : Honourable Minister for Health and Social Welfare
The Non-Governmental Organisations of Tanzania and tobacco control advocates congratulate the Tanzania Government for enacting the Tobacco Products (Regulation) Act, 2003 (TPRA, 2003) and, for ratifying the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). However, we are concerned about the lack of enforcement of TPRA (2003) in particular Part VI, Section 26 and, lack of observance of Article 13 of the FCTC, both of which prohibit tobacco promotion and advertisement. The current upsurge of cigarette advertisement in Tanzania is a cause of great concern. The rate of tobacco use in Tanzania is on the increase, particularly among the youth. Research has shown that 32% of all reported cancers in Tanzania are attributed to tobacco use and, the country spends more than $30m to attempt treatment of tobacco related cancers alone. We, the undersigned urge the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Tanzania Government to ban cigarette advertisement totally, so as to enhance public health and spare the youth from the hazards of tobacco use. The youth are the main target of tobacco promotion and advertisement.