Activities

Finland has first-rate research and monitoring systems that describe public health and its development. These systems are also used to promote health in the assessment of profitability.

In the future, we must continue to ensure that research, as well as the assessment and monitoring ofthe methods to implement measures related to tobacco policy, yield sufficient information for decision-making and on the effects of the decisions on tobacco use and disease prevalence among various demographic groups. This information is necessary in the development of tobacco policy and the practical application of plans.

Actions to be done

1. Comprehensive legislative measures and efficient implementation (e.g. plain packaging, ban on tax-free sales, registration system for tobacco products)

2. Annual tax rise and price increases above purchasing powe

3. Enlargement of tobacco-free environments (outdoors, e.g. playgrounds, balconies

4. Better smoking cessation services in primary health care (easy access)

5. Education and media campaigns (long-term campaigns with adequate funding)

6. The stricter regulation of tobacco products 

7. Limited availability of tobacco products (reduce the number of retail outlets)

8. Compensatory fund for tobacco diseases (individual expenses due to nicotine dependence targeted at tobacco companies)

9. Phasing out all kinds of modern advertising of tobacco (movies with tobacco R-rated)

10. Comprehensive national information system to monitor and evaluate tobacco use and measures

In the national endgame the guiding element is Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  In addition to an action plan, political commitment, political decisions, international agreements and co-operation are the keys in advancing progressive tobacco control.

Useful to read

New era for tobacco control policy 
Proposals by the tobacco policy development working group of the Tobacco-free Finland 2030 network, 2013.