Serbia celebrates the first anniversary of the law on protection from exposure to tobacco smoke

On 11 November 2011, Serbia celebrated the first anniversary of full enforcement of the Law on the Protection of the Population from Exposure to Tobacco Smoke. Among other measures, the law prohibits smoking in offices and public areas and strengthens the national coordination mechanism and infrastructure for implementation of the WHO FCTC in the country. On this occasion the Head of the Convention Secretariat, Dr Haik Nikogosian, was invited to visit the country. With a view to reviewing implementation of the Convention and determining the next steps to be taken, he met Government officials and representatives of the National Assembly, including the Minister of Health, Professor Zoran Stankovic, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Slavica Djukic Dejanovic, and Vuk Zugic, Director General for Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr Nikogosian also addressed the Committee on Health and Family of the National Assembly and met members of the Council for Tobacco Control and the National Committee for Tobacco Prevention.

A press conference jointly given by Professor Stankovic and Dr Nikogosian enabled the main messages of the celebration and WHO FCTC implementation to be shared with the public.

The Convention Secretariat and the Government will follow up on the outcome of the joint reviews with a view to strengthening implementation.