The support of ATCA to civil society organizations in African countries has contributed in adopting national laws and policies compliant with the WHO FCTC, increasing tax on tobacco, monitoring the tobacco industry and strengthening the capacity of CSOs to conduct advocacy for tobacco control.


Outcome 1: National laws or policies compliant with the FCTC have been adopted in 9 countries

ATCA actively promoted the development and implementation of FCTC-compliant legislation and policies in the ATCC target countries. ATCA, through its country partners, provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in different countries in the drafting of the tobacco control bill. Workshops and other advocacy forums were organized for key ministries and other policy influencers. These capacity-building initiatives were instrumental either in the adoption of the bill or moving the draft bill towards future adoption.

FCTC-compliant legislations were adopted in three countries, namely, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon and Senegal. These countries are now awaiting the adoption of the implementing decrees. Three other countries have their draft legislations in an advanced stage; these are Benin, Botswana and Uganda*. Three countries - Sierra Leone, Gambia and Cameroon - have draft legislations that still have to go through the process of validation and adoption.

Seven countries increased taxes on tobacco: Benin, Botswana, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda

Seven countries set up Tobacco Industry Monitoring Teams (TIM Teams) to monitor, expose and denounce the tactics and interventions of the tobacco industry in tobacco control policies. These countries are Benin, Cameroon, Gabon, Gambia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Further details on ATCA’s interventions with regards to laws and policies are available below.

*Uganda adopted the Tobacco Control Act in 2015.


Outcome 1: National laws or policies compliant with the FCTC were adopted in 9 countries
Outcome 2: Taxes on tobacco were increased in seven countries.
Outcome 3: Tobacco industry efforts to undermine tobacco control policy monitored and countered in 10 countries
Outcome 4: CSOs capacity was built and strengthened to carry out advocacy in tobacco control in ATCA target countries
 Outcome 5: Strengthened institutional capacity of ATCA to manage tobacco control programs and funds.




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Protection from exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Policy recommendations, WHO