Project: Establishing a mechanism for tobacco control advocacy
(September, 2003 – April, 2004)
International Policy Fellowship, 2003
The work on the project during the second part of the fellowship year had
aspects. Each of the four major type of activities outlined below proved
to be an effective
strategy of tobacco control advocacy.
1. Monitoring tobacco industry's misinformation and lobbying
tactics by media monitoring and other sources.
a) Business journals and key newspapers in Ukraine were
monitored for tobacco industry activities as well as tobacco control activities.
b) Monitoring tobacco industry internal documents in international
depositaries were used to for the final research paper Fighting for tobacco
control legislation in Ukraine – five draft tobacco control laws in one year.
c) Tobacco industry documents were also used to prepare
press-release on Philip Morris campaign in media on light cigarettes (October,
2003) http://www.adic.org.ua/nosmoking/ns/no_sm_50.htm .
2. Conducting country applied research in tobacco control
legislation and economics and presenting their results in brief and clear
publications for decision makers
a) Research paper “Fighting for tobacco control legislation
in Ukraine – five draft tobacco control laws in one year” was prepared and
published online http://www.policy.hu/krasovsky/finrespaper.html . .
b) The booklet on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
was prepared and published in February in Ukrainian. This booklet demonstrates
that real aim of such programs is political lobbying to have legislation
favorable to tobacco industry http://adic.org.ua/nosmoking/books/unicef/prev-prog/index.html
c) Second edition of booklet “Problems of anti-tobacco
legislation” (first edition see http://www.adic.org.ua/nosmoking/books/policybook/index.html
) is preparing. It should be published in June, 2004.
3. Strengthening tobacco control non-governmental organization
a) The booklet on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
was used as background of the NGO Coalition For Tobacco-Free Ukraine letters
to the government and parliament on the FCTC signing and ratification;
b) These letters and other materials were published at
the web-site of the NGO Coalition For Tobacco-Free Ukraine (www.adic.org.ua/coalition
c) NGO members from Ukraine were trained in advocacy skills
at the WHO seminars in March and April 2004.
4. Tobacco control political mapping
a) Tobacco control law was adopted by the parliament on
first reading in November, 2003. I took part in working group, which prepared
this draft law for the second reading. The parliament Committee on Health
Protection adopted draft law for the second reading in March. While some
our proposals were not included in general this draft law is progressive.
It is expected that the parliament will vote this draft law in May, 2004.
b) I continue to identify tobacco control supporters and
opponents among: members of the parliament; staff of the parliament; governmental
officials; media; NGO movement. I already have some results, but taking into
account that tobacco control draft law will be considered soon in the parliament
I prefer to keep it confidential.
Some results of the research work were presented at several international
1) OSI Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia, September 2003.
2) Seminar for tobacco control activist in Armenia, September
3) Congressional briefing on Tobacco Control, Washington,
DC, February 2004.
Main results of the research will be presented at the Tobacco Control Legislation
Workshop (Melbourne, April 26-30, 2004) and the National Conference on Tobacco
Control (Kiev, May, 28, 2004).