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ANCT-TL holds a workshop to combat tobacco and non-communicable disease

ANCT-TL holds a workshop to combat tobacco and non-communicable disease

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DILI, 7 june, 2022 (TATOLI)– The National Alliance for Tobacco Control in Timor-Leste (ANCT-TL) organized a workshop to  reinforce the government’s policy in combating  tobacco and non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

ANCT-TL Coordinator, Manuel Isac Abosi said the workshop was held to increase participants’ knowledge about the main risks of tobacco contributing to non-communicable diseases in Timor-Leste.

“Tabaco is the main impact for non-communicable diseases and Turbercolosius, so those who consume tobacco effectively will experience an increase in the prevalence of infectious diseases,” ANCT-TL National Director, Sancho Fernandes told a reporter in the MSSI meeting room, Tuesday.

Fernandes said, with the use of tobacco, many people died and some tobacco users suffered serious illnesses, therefore collaboration between relevant ministries was needed to prevent more tobacco victims.

“It requires cooperation from all entities to strengthen government policies to combat tobacco consumption and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), focusing on the main risks: tobacco use, physical activity, harmful use of alcohol, and unhealthy diet,” he said.

To achieve Timor-Leste’s vision of a Healthy Timorese citizen living in a healthy Timor-Leste, in december 2021, Government has introduced an “inhibitor” excise tax, which will not only increase domestic revenue but will also benefit the health of Timorese people, especially the younger generation, by increasing the price of tobacco and alcohol.

The Exercise Tax was introduce by the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Taur Matan Ruak at the presentation of the 2022 General State Budget (GSB) at the National Parliament.

Meanwhile, in 2021 the Government led by the Prime Minister stated the Government’s commitment to the Ministry of Health to end TB by 2025.

Timor-Leste’s strategic plan has also been provided for TB prevention which focuses on disseminating educational information about tobacco consumption, with the primary objective of ending TB disease.

Based on excise and prohibition laws, ANCTL focuses on advocating the prevention of tobacco consumption which can cause infectious diseases.

“ANCTL will work closely with AIFAESA and PNTL to eliminate illegal tobacco trafficking in the country under Timor-Leste’s tobacco control laws,”

Mr. Sancho Fernandes suggested that the Tabaco Control regime should be further developed under the Ministry of Health to combat tobacco and disease.

At the same time, TB Program Leader Constantino Lopes said Timor-Leste had recorded a high incidence and death rate from TB.

Around 498 people out of 100,000 people suffer from tuberculosis, while the annual death rate is 1,000.

Meanwhile, data recorded by the World Health Organization (WHO) on adolescent tobacco consumption shows that Timor-Leste’s tobacco consumption has reached 71% in 2019.

However, after the government implemented an “Inhibitor” excise tax, the level of tobacco consumption fell to 35.3%. the rate for men is 54% while for women it is 46% in 2022.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia Borges

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