People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- February 10, 2012
On 10 January the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC) of Sri Lanka, along with the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA), organised a meeting to push for accelerated implementation in the country of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Supported by a grant from FCA, the meeting reviewed the outcomes of the United Nations NCD Summit in September 2011. Its aim was to stimulate discussions on a multi-year plan to tackle tobacco use.
Participants included the Sri Lanka Ministries of Health, Agriculture, Education and Sports, and the Railway and Police Departments. Also represented were: World Bank, WHO, the Cancer Society and Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA).
With the assistance of ADIC, NATA plans to follow up the meeting by creating a costed, multi-sectoral Action Plan for full implementation of the FCTC in Sri Lanka.