Tobacco control in Ukraine in an emergency situation - Russia's armed aggression
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Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Department of Prevention of Non Communicable Diseases, Center of Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Publication date: 2023-10-08
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Nataliia Hryb   

Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement 2):A43
Russia's armed aggression has had a substantial influence on many aspects of Ukrainian society. Tobacco control is one of these sectors, which need systematic solutions and effective services to address tobacco addiction. We will discuss three significant breakthroughs that aid in the support and control of tobacco addiction in Ukraine, even in extremely difficult situations. Prior to the conflict, Ukraine established a smoking cessation program, which included a helpline and a professional website. The website has important information about quitting smoking, and the hotline counselors offer expert assistance to individuals who wish to quit. Despite the difficult circumstances surrounding the emergency, we are dedicated to restarting the helpline and the website to assist smokers in overcoming their addiction. The Ministry of Health of Ukraine registered an order on groups of medical warning packets on smoking tobacco products as part of the reforms in anti-tobacco laws. These new health warnings meet EU regulations and encompass 65% of the package space with graphic pictures on the two largest sides. Each set includes a QR code that links to the website of the stop smoking service, where smokers may get the necessary help and information. To strengthen tobacco control in Ukraine, a site for monitoring anti-tobacco law infractions was established at Citizens can use this service to report legal infractions and make complaints. The portal allows individuals to participate in monitoring the execution of anti-tobacco laws and streamlines the complaint-filing procedure. This improves the efficacy of Ukraine's tobacco control system by strengthening interaction between citizens and regulatory authorities (executing state authorities). Despite the emergency conditions, Ukraine is nevertheless actively engaged in tobacco control and meeting its duties under the WHO Convention on Tobacco Control. The creation of stop smoking support programs, the application of cigarette labeling requirements, and the enhancement of the system for monitoring anti-tobacco law infractions are all essential stages in Ukraine's battle against tobacco addiction.
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