Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

Global tobacco tax strategy and partners coordination meeting

Place: Ankara, Turkey
Date: 3-5 October 2011

Turkish ministries of finance and health work together in tobacco control
WHO Europe/E. Polatel
From the right to the left: Dr Douglas Bettcher, WHO Director Tobacco Free Initiative; Mr Mehmet Simsek, Minister of Finance of Turkey; Professor Recep Akdag, Minister of Health of Turkey; Professor Cevdet Erdol, Head of Health Commission of Turkish Grand National Assembly; Dr Maria Cristina Profili, WHO Representative in Turkey.

The WHO Tobacco Free Initiative jointly organized a Global Tobacco Tax Strategy and Partners coordination meeting with the Turkish Ministries of Finance and Health in Ankara, Turkey, from 3-5 October 2011.

High level Ministry of Finance officials from selected countries, and WHO representatives from headquarters, regional and selected country offices together with representatives from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC Foundation, World Lung Foundation, and international civil societies including the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, and the South East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance gathered to discuss how to accelerate the implementation of more effective tobacco tax policies and systems in low and middle income countries.

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