Strengthening Tobacco Control in South Africa

The looming tobacco epidemic and its potential for thwarting development has prompted most governments in sub-Saharan Africa to ratify the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC). Ratifying countries must design and implement a national tobacco control action plan and report on their progress to the Conference of the Parties (COP). South Africa is one of 12 sub-Saharan countries participating in the Africa Tobacco Situational Analyses (ATSA) initiative supported by IDRC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. ATSA aims to gauge country readiness and capacity for action-oriented policy interventions in the immediate and longer term. Following a baseline assessment, stakeholder meeting and mapping exercise, the South African ATSA team has identified three key priorities: taxation, graphic health warning labels and a smoke-free FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup in 2010.

This grant will allow the team to advocate the government for increased taxes (higher than the rate of inflation) on tobacco products, legislation requiring graphic warnings on tobacco products (messages to be proposed, pretested and monitored over time by the team) and smoke-free spectator viewing areas at venues hosting FIFA World Cup matches.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Thursday, February 19, 2009

End Date

Saturday, June 19, 2010


10 months

IDRC Officer

Leppan, Wardie

Total funding

CA$ 147,500


South Africa, South of Sahara


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader



National Council Against Smoking (Association Not For Gain)

Institution Country

South Africa

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