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Joint Needs Assessment in Kyrgyzstan

A needs assessment exercise was conducted jointly by the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the Convention Secretariat from April to July 2012, including an initial analysis of the status, challenges and potential needs deriving from the country’s most recent implementation report and other sources of information. The mission of an international team led by the Convention Secretariat, with the participation of the WHO Country Office in Kyrgyzstan, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Finnish Lung Health Association, took place from 18 to 22 June.

Chittagong City, Bangladesh, Passes a Strong Subnational Advertising Ban

Chittagong City, population 4 million, is Bangladesh’s second largest city. It has an active network of tobacco control advocacy organizations that work closely with local government to advance the tobacco control agenda. In 2010, this advocacy work helped lead the Chittagong City government to enact a ban on all tobacco advertising, including advertising indirectly through surrogates and brand extensions such as lighters featuring cigarette brands. Although there is an existing national ban on tobacco billboard advertising, the law does not explicitly cover indirect advertising, point-of-sale marketing, or other promotional activities, and overall enforcement is suboptimal.

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