Policies on National level are of immense value when creating a positive environment for effective prevention strategies. Such policies exercise control over big multinationals that manufacture, promote, and sell Alcohol and tobacco in a way that negate all efforts taken to reduce the Alcohol and tobacco demand in the communities; especially among children.
Policy and advocacy programme operates the formulation and implementation of effective policies at national and local levels to discourage and control drug use through different government structures, local government organizations, political parties, institutes, CBOs, communities and other structures.
Milestone in Policy and Advocacy programme – National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (Act No.27 of 2006)
Effective policies to control alcohol and tobacco are needs felt by many agencies in the field of health. Therefore in 1991 ADIC launched a campaign under the theme of “Vote for anyone who supports the alcohol and tobacco policy” during the election period to raise this issue and it was repeated at every election of Parliament, Provincial council and Local Government until 1995. In 1995, the former Executive President of Sri Lanka, recognizing the harm of alcohol and tobacco, commissioned a group of academics and professionals to draft a “National Policy on Alcohol and Tobacco”. This Policy was presented to the President on November 12, 1997. After much debate and controversies, ADIC contributed barely to convince the Parliament of Sri Lanka to certify the National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (Act No.27 of 2006), on the 29th of August 2006. This act came into effect on the 01st of December 2006 after 10 years of the first draft.
Along with this development ADIC continued to work by mobilizing and pressurizing the government to strengthen the prevailing policies and to work towards new policies.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) is the first international treaty negotiated under the auspices of WHO. It was adopted by the World Health Assembly on 21st of May 2003 and entered into force on 27th of February 2005. It has since become one of the most rapidly and widely embraced treaties in United Nations history.
Sri Lanka was the first in South Asia and the fourth in the world to ratify the FCTC treaty.
Smoke free work places
ADIC initiated ‘smoke free work places’ project at Railway Department, Port Authority and Postal Department in collaboration with those authorities to let people live happily in a smoke free environment and to reduce the second hand smoking and tobacco consumption. More than 45,000 employers who work at these places are the main beneficiaries of this project.