Ethiopia Has New Tough Anti-Tobacco Directive
In a January 2013 interview with Tobacco Journal International, a leading publication on tobacco, Gizachew Hagos, managing director of National Tobacco Enterprise (NTE),
said he does not anticipate any significant policy changes affecting tobacco products in Ethiopia following the death of the then Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Prior to that, the late premier sent back a regulation which sought to control the use of tobacco for revision.
His replacement, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, however, acted swiftly in pushing the ratification of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in January 2014, a decade after Ethiopia signed the convention. The convention was ratified by parliament in January 2014 earning the House an award from the World Health Organization (WHO). FCTC entered into force in February 2005 and is one of the most quickly ratified treaties in the United Nations history. There are 180 states as parties to the FCTC with Zimbabwe being the latest to join on December 4, 2014.