Strengthening the Legal and Regulatory Framework of the Tobacco Control Campaign in Sénégal

The majority of African countries South of Sahara are at the first stage of the tobacco epidemic, but tobacco consumption is increasing rapidly. Aware of the worldwide threat, the World Health Organization (WHO) initiated the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FTCT) and the majority of African countries have ratified it. Ratifying countries have a duty to report on their progress during the conferences of the parties to the Convention. However, African countries lack the necessary data and resources to monitor and report on their progress.

The Africa Tobacco Situational Analyses (ATSA) initiative supported by IDRC's Research for International Tobacco Control (RITC) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to coordinate the efforts of countries to implement evidence-based tobacco control interventions. As one of 12 countries participating in ATSA, Sénégal has identified two priorities: facilitating the vote on a national law conforming to the needs of the WHO FTCT and to strengthen the ban on smoking in Touba, the "Religious City."

The idea is that beginning the ban in Touba will "light the way" for the rest of the country given the religious influence and a favorable political context.

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Start Date

Thursday, May 28, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


7 months

IDRC Officer

Gbedji, Eugene

Total funding

CA$ 110,300


Senegal, North of Sahara, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Abdoulaye Diagne


Consortium pour la Recherche Économique et Sociale

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