Involvement of Consumer Groups in Tobacco Control: Russia and Belarus Experience
Dmitry Yanin 1  
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Confederation of Consumer Societies (KONFOP), Russian Federation
Publish date: 2017-05-25
Submission date: 2017-05-11
Acceptance date: 2017-05-11
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(May Supplement):111
1. Tobacco products are highly addictive and they are the only consumer products that kill consumers when used exactly as intended. No other consumer product kills 1 in 2 of its long-term users. 2. The right to safety and healthy environment are basic consumer rights, which are being violated by the tobacco industry selling its addictive and deadly products every day. There are clear guidelines and recommendations for the organizations and governments on Tobacco Control measures: defined in the WHO FCTC* and Guidelines for its implementation. 3. The protection of consumers from hazards to their health and safety is one of the legitimate needs the United Nations Guidelines for Consumer Protection are intended to meet. The protection of consumers from tobacco products, which are a direct threat to their health, fully corresponds with the UN Guidelines. 4. Consumer organizations have a long history and reputation, respected by the public and government authorities. They are well-suited for Tobacco Control activities being independent, not-affiliated to political parties and business. Promotion of new tobacco or nicotine-based products to consumers, focusing on youth, is under weak regulation, this new challenge requires active position both from the public health and consumer groups. 5. Cooperation of consumer organizations from Russia (KONFOP) and Belarus (Belarus Consumer Society), launched to promote best Tobacco Control practices, according to FCTC provisions, is a success story of involvement of consumer groups in Tobacco Control.
Dmitry Yanin   
Confederation of Consumer Societies (KONFOP), Russian Federation, -, - -, Russia