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Medical Faculty of University of Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Edin Jusufovic   

Medical Faculty of University of Tuzla, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Publication date: 2018-06-13
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2018;4(Supplement):A104
Aim and Objective
Legislation about protection from exposure to tobacco smoke in Bosnia is very much supported by the European (EU). Policy of tobacco control in Bosnia on a state level should be more reliable to ensure the chance to secure the EU funds needed for the implementation of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Methods & Findings
Prevalence of smoking is higher than in EU: in adults (15-49 years) and in 66.8% and in youth (13-15 years) is 26.7%. Progress during last 3 years: prohibition of smoking in public places have been adopted; there is a ban on advertising cigarettes in mass media, as well as ban on sponsorship by the tobacco industry; cigarettes are becoming less affordable due to the price increase twice a year; health warnings on cigarette packages are present; 5. awareness of smoking harm is rising. Hot problems in Bosnia are: the prohibition of smoking in public places is not implemented almost in general; sale of tobacco to persons under the age of 18 is still present; daily illegal tobacco sales in public places are ineffectively sanctioned; nargile bar increasingly occur; they are increasingly popular among youth; their services to persons under the age of 18 are unpunished; there are no effective centres for smoking cessation; doctors and medical staff are not sufficiently or not at all trained in the treatment of tobacco dependence.

Proposed activities: more rigorous implementation of smoking prohibition on public places; organisation of massive smoking cessation programs; education of health workers in treatment of tobacco dependence; regulations on transfer of cigarettes taxes in health care sector; more active role of international organizations and civil society in tobacco control.