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Updates in Tobacco Control

20 December 2019

Statement. Memorandum signed by the Government of Ukraine and tobacco industry threatens public health interests

We, the undersigned international public health organizations, would like to express concerns to the Government of Ukraine regarding the Memorandum of Intent to Ensure Stability in the Tobacco Market and Maintain a Competitive Environment for All Its Participants[1], signed on 12 December 2019 by the Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture Tymofiy Mylovanov and tobacco companies operating in Ukraine.
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28 October 2019

Statement of Inadmissibility of the Tobacco Industry Pressure on the Government of Ukraine

The NGO «Life», together with its partners, attests to the strong support of the Government of Ukraine in preventing pressure on the tobacco industry by the Government of Ukraine, acting solely in the interest of public health.


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19 February 2019

Ukraine keeps raising taxes on tobacco to cut down smoking rates

According to the State Treasury, tobacco tax revenue in 2018 amounted to UAH 43.6 billion, which is 9.3% more than in 2017. A significant increase in revenue is the result of an increase of the specific excise tax on tobacco products by 29.7% from January 1, 2018.

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10 June 2019

MP Nina Yuzhanina received the “Golden Scythe”- an anti-award for the tobacco lobbying

“Golden Scythe” ceremony took place on June the 7th in Kyiv, Ukraine to award state officers for lobbying the tobacco industry interests. It was the fourth anti-rating. The last time anti-award was held in 2013. “Golden Scythe 2019” was awarded for the “achievements” in tobacco lobbying during the Verkhovna Rada 8th convocation.

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12 September 2018

Public health groups call on Knowledge-Action-Change to Drop Out of the 7th International City Health Conference in Odessa

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, NGO “Life,” the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Ukraine and the Ukrainian Center for Tobacco Control urge the organizers and the speakers of the 7 th International City Health Conference – taking place in Odessa, September 13 to 14, 2018 – to disclose all sources of funding of the conference and to determine whether it is appropriate, given the event‟s focus on health, to invite representatives of organizations that have strong ties to the tobacco industry.
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21 November 2018

Тhe smoking prevalence among children in Ukraine has decreased by 43% over the last 12 years

On November 15, on the International No Smoking Day, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the WHO Country Office in Ukraine, and NGO Advocacy Center "Life" presented the results of the latest Global Youth Tobacco Survey[1] (GYTS)  in Ukraine.


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13 June 2018

World No Tobacco Day in Ukraine

May 31, 2018, NGO Advocacy Center “Life” is among the winners of the World No Tobacco Day award 2018 from the WHO European Region. On May 31 the WHO CO in Ukraine held the Award ceremony.
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26 January 2018

International experts advise Ukraine to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products

January 22, 2018. Tobacco control experts conducted a press-conference to emphasize the need to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by Ukraine.



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13 November 2017

Ukrainian activists demand to ban tobacco displays at points of sales

November 6-17, 2017, NGO "Life" conducts a campaign to support the draft law #4030a in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The main purpose of the action is to draw attention to the problem of tobacco smoking among children and ban the advertising of tobacco products in stores.


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13 December 2017

Ukraine approved a 7-year plan for increasing taxes on cigarettes: benefits and challenges

November 7, 2017, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a policy of tobacco taxes increase during 2018-2024, and the law was transferred for the President’s office for signature.
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