World Bank Supports Ethiopia’s New tobacco consumption policy. The Multilateral Institution even recommended that Ethiopia need to impose tax on tobacco to support its tobacco policy.
The Bank believes that Ethiopia could learn from the experiences of other countries to foster the new tobacco legislation and increase taxes on tobacco products, reported Ethiopian state media – EBC, citing World Bank.
Based on World Bank report, number of deaths related to tobacco has is becoming higher in the country.
Ethiopia’s new legislation prohibits the sale of tobacco and shisha products for anyone under 21 years of age. It also restricts smoking areas; public places and work places are among areas smokers can not smoke.
Ethiopia’s old tobacco legislation designated smoking areas in indoor workplaces and public places except government office, education facilities and health centers and the smoking age was 18.
As well, the legislation restricted tobacco and related advertisements.
Ethiopia joined World Health Organization (WHO) Framework convention on Tobacco Control in June 2014, according to a report by Tobacco Control Laws website
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