Slovenia Without Tobacco 2040 with NGOs support
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Slovenian Coalition for Public Health, Environment and Tobacco control (SCTC), Maribor, Slovenia
Publication date: 2022-07-05
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2022;8(Supplement):A86
In Slovenia, tobacco is the leading preventable risk factor for premature death and lost healthy years of life. Non-governmental organizations, especially ENSP, have immensely helped Slovenia in the field of tobacco control. In 2017, Slovenia adopted the Act on the Restriction of the Use of Tobacco and Related Products, which contains a number of effective tobacco control measures. Following this, Slovenia recorded a significant decrease in the percentage of adult smokers after almost twenty years. In 2019, Slovenia prepared a strategy for reducing the consequences of tobacco use, setting a goal that in 2040 Slovenia will be a society without tobacco. This means that in 2040 less than 5% of the population aged ≥15 years in Slovenia will use tobacco and tobacco related products. The strategy has been in intersectoral consultation for a long time and on 12 May 2022 the Slovenian parliament adopted the ‘Strategy for reducing the consequences of tobacco use for Slovenia without tobacco 2022–2030’. The measures set out in the strategy will ensure a further reduction in the percentage of smokers and users of tobacco related products by 2030, representing intermediate steps towards the 2040 goal. The work on getting the strategy adopted has been through media campaigns, civil dialogue and advocacy, sharing European models of good practices as well as publishing brochures, and highlighting the need for the adoption. The presentation will focus on the strategy, its measures, the Slovenia without tobacco 2040 goal, the impact that NGOs have had on Slovenia’s tobacco control, and the necessary steps following the strategy’s adoption.