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Workshop: Tobacco Vendor Licensing - the way forward to strengthening and advancing tobacco control: progress, lessons and challenges
Thursday 28 October 2021
13:00 to 16:00 CET

Background: Tobacco products are widely available throughout the world and unregulated Points-of-Sale (PoS) lead to easy accessibility & availability of tobacco products, especially to youths. In many countries, tobacco vendors are not required to have a dedicated license to operate, consequently tobacco is commonly sold in a variety of vendor types(e.g. convenience shops, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.) and locations (near educational institutions, youth frequented areas - playgrounds, parks etc.). Reducing access to tobacco products and limiting tobacco industry presence in the retail environment is an important tobacco control strategy. In addition, without records of which vendors are selling tobacco, implementing and enforcing retailer tobacco laws, such as advertising bans, is much more challenging.

Objective: This workshop will focus on discussing emerging policy measure of Tobacco Vendor Licensing (TVL) to advance tobacco control measures nationally & sub-nationally, with an aim to understand specific opportunities, challenges and way forward.

Session sponsor: The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union)

Chairs: Dr. Vinayak Mohan Prasad (WHO); Dr. Joanna Cohen (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Coordinators: Dr Nidhi Sejpal Pouranik (The Union); Kathy Wrigth (The Union)

Speakers:
- Minaj us-Siraj: Tobacco Vendor Licensing and Density: Learnings from Pakistan
- Syed Mahbubul Alam: TVL Policy in Bangladesh: Best practices, Challenges and Way Forward
- Oleh Dudin: Tobacco Vendor Licensing: Glimpse of Ukraine's Policy and Next Steps
- Leimapokpam Swasticharan: Indian experience in Tobacco Vendor Licensing - Opportunities and Challenges in Tobacco Control
- Ryan David Kennedy: USA’s Approach to Tobacco Vendor Licensing: Strategies and Lessons

The recording of this session will be available to the public a few hours after it ends.

Oct 28, 2021 01:00 PM in Paris

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