Monitoring of the WHO-FCTC and the implementation of the anti-tobacco law in Albania
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NGO "For Tobacco Free Albania"
Publication date: 2019-03-26
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2019;5(Supplement):A99
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This is the second report that was prepared by the NGO “ FTFA”. It is focused on WHO/ FCTC and compares it with the Albanian anti-tobacco law. It monitors implementation and prepare recommendations for improvement.

Analyzing Albanian national legislation in tobacco control and authentically confirmed text of the FCTC. This analysis has been carried out to study the national legislation related on tobacco control in Albania.

This law reflects the recommendations of the above convention. The implementation of some acts of the law, appeared a serious problem. There are not available services to quit smoking and quit line. The warnings do not include a photograph or graphic still. Albania has a ban on most forms of direct and indirect advertising, but is not being implemented. In some kiosks is also noticed another violation; tobacco products placed on the outside of it contain on their background clearly parts of the brand. Every teenager at age of eighteen can buy tobacco products. Another important issue is taxation. Illicit trade of national tobacco products in Albanian remain very cheap, twenty open cigarettes are sold 40 cent Euro.

Albania should continue to support and accelerate the development of FCTC protocols, including in illicit trade. National tobacco products excises must increase at the same time to control illegal trade. Albania needs some improvements in the law and its acts as well as some amendments and supplements to the approved legislation, which need to be tested in the Albanian reality.

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