The network of Congolese tobacco control communicators, coordinated by Daniel Oba, made a communication on May 27 in Brazzaville on the harmful effects of smoking. According to this network, the Congo has put in place a multisectoral strategic plan for tobacco control 2018-2022. The 2021 edition of World No Tobacco Day is celebrated under the theme: “Lies and Cover-ups: It’s Time to Make Tobacco Pay”. The coordinator of the network of Congolese tobacco control communicators, Daniel Oba, recalled that the country is committed to reducing the prevalence rate of smoking from 8% to 4% in general and from 33% to 11% among young people in particular. According to the coordinator of this network, the Republic of Congo integrated the tobacco control process in 1998, with the appointment of the tobacco control focal point in 2005, the ratification and entry into force of the framework convention of the World Health Organization. (WHO) for tobacco control in 2007. To date, the tobacco prevalence in Congo is 8%. It is 15.6% among schoolchildren aged 13 to 15 and 33% among young people over 15 years according to the 2014-2015 cluster surveys. And, more than 41.5% of girls are exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in public places. Congo set up an interministerial technical committee for tobacco control in 2010. It promulgated law 12-2012 of 4 July 2012 relating to tobacco control. The country adhered to the Protocol for the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products in 2015 and issued three anti-tobacco law enforcement decrees in 2018. It has also developed two integrated tobacco control communication plans (2011-2015, 2017-2019) and a multisectoral tobacco control strategic plan 2018-2022. The network of Congolese tobacco control communicators is responsible for popularizing tobacco control measures in Congo, sensitizing and educating populations on the harmful effects of smoking. “It’s time to charge for tobacco because it is the leading cause of preventable disease around the world; over 90% of cancers are caused by tobacco. Tobacco is the only consumer product that kills half of its consumers, with more than eight million deaths per year worldwide, including non-consumers. Therefore, it is time to challenge the tobacco industry, to expose the lies, hypocrisy and interference of the tobacco industry which obstruct and fail tobacco control policies around the world ”, said indicated Daniel Oba.
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