Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Elvira Sariyeva participated in a thematic meeting to discuss issues of control over the use of tobacco that took place in Bishkek on September 3, the press service of the Government reported.
Representatives of ministries, healthcare and non-governmental organizations discussed implementation of a state strategy for the fight against the growing tobacco use in the country.
Former Minister of Health of Turkey Recep Akdağ presented Turkey's experience in promoting reforms in the fight against tobacco. Representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank and other organizations presented preliminary results of the simulation to increase taxes on tobacco products within he expected trends in income and prevention of mortality, as well as other forms of tobacco control.
Kyrgyzstan's statistics states that smoking kills up to 30% of men aged 35-69.
“Passive smoking also leads to death of non-smokers, including women and children. Meanwhile, cigarette taxes in Kyrgyzstan are the lowest compared to other countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia,” she noticed.
The Vice Prime Minister stressed that tobacco control is a priority for the Government in the field of healthcare.
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