Background and Context:
Senegal achieved significant legislative advances with the adoption of a Tobacco Control (TC) Act in 1981. However, since 1985, increasingly powerful industry lobbying resulted in important aspects of the Act being made less effective or reversed. In 2004 Senegal ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), but once again tobacco industry interference delayed preparation of a draft bill implementing the provisions of the FCTC until 2011.
To use civil society advocacy to catalyze a public health movement and reduce prevalence of tobacco use through adoption and implementation of new FCTC-compliant legislation in Senegal.
LISTAB conducted a program of advocacy activities in parallel to the three year legislative development process, from initial drafting by Ministry of Health, through parliamentary amendment and approval, and finally promulgation by the President.
Our activities included:
Outcomes/What was learned:
In March 2014, the TC bill was approved by the Senegalese parliament and promulgated by the President. In supporting this achievement, the work conducted by LISTAB highlights the importance of: