The New Slovenian Tobacco Bill - Great Success Made Possible by Multi-stakeholders' Cooperation
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Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia/ Institute for Youth Participation, Health and Sustainable Development, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Submission date: 2017-04-02
Acceptance date: 2017-04-05
Publication date: 2017-05-25
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Jan Peloza   

Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia/ Institute for Youth Participation, Health and Sustainable Development, Gregorciceva ulica 7, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2017;3(May Supplement):115
In 2006, the newly established Youth Network No Excuse Slovenia published the Slovenian Youth Manifesto on Tobacco. Right after, in 2007, the new Slovenian Tobacco Bill was accepted. In the following years, No Excuse grew in quality and size - with over 400 trained activists, over 100.000 young people in schools, about half of the generation of 12 and 15 years olds, were reached and informed about the immoral marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. In 2013 the now well-established NGO made a very important international step forward with the Tobacco Control Youth Network with its first international youth conference, while nationally helped to co-establish a think-thank with important representatives of the Ministry of Health, Public Health Institute, WHO Country office, NGOs and others. With over 100 denouncements of illegal tobacco industry activity, a number of media briefs with the most trustful Slovenian journalists, regular meetings with the Slovenian MPs, great collaboration with international organizations and implemented researches with the best national and foreign institutions, the group have been regularly emphasizing gaps in the hard industry-lobbied 2007 Tobacco Bill. Via several public debates, calls for accountability and transparency of politicians and media, exposing consultants of parties and other, the group managed to push one of the most comprehensive tobacco-control bills in the world through the Parliament - including plain packaging, obligatory license to sell, complete TAPS ban, mystery shopping by minors etc., while affecting other acts and the national budget assuring more support for quality prevention.
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