Tobacco Free OIC Initiative

Tobacco Free OIC is an initiative developed by the Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC) in response to the spread of the tobacco epidemic in the OIC Member States. Over the years, OIC Member States strived very hard to contain this epidemic by taking some measures like controlling tobacco production, banning advertisements in media and discouraging consumption by levying high taxes on tobacco products. However, despite all these noble efforts, the tobacco epidemic is on the rise and it is recognized as one of the leading causes of premature preventable deaths across the OIC region.

Against this backdrop, the Tobacco Free OIC Initiative aims to foster an OIC-wide coordinated approach to curb and control the spread of tobacco epidemic in the OIC Member States by raising awareness on the serious effects of its consumption and bringing legally binding obligations.

This initiative focuses on capacity building activities to facilitate the development and implementation of sustainable national tobacco control strategies in the OIC Member States.

Questionnaire and Terms of Reference (ToR) Files

SESRIC urges all national tobacco control institutions in the OIC Member States to participate in the Tobacco Free OIC Initiative. The valuable participation of national institutions will help SESRIC to effectively plan and implement capacity building training activities which will play an important role in the improvement of human capital in the OIC Member States.

The national tobacco control institutions in the OIC Member States are highly welcomed to download the related questionnaire available, in the three official languages of the OIC, from the links below:

►   Download the Questionnaire (English) (Arabic) (French)

The Terms of Reference need to be completed by the beneficiary institutions of the OIC Member States to identify the exact scope of the requested capacity building activities. The files can be downloaded from the links below:

►   Terms of Reference for Training Courses (English) (Arabic) (French)
►   Terms of Reference for Training Workshops (English) (Arabic) (French)
►   Terms of Reference for Study Visits (English) (Arabic) (French)

Main Subjects

Monitoring Tobacco Use Smoking cessation Tobacco Farming & Tobacco Control
Regulation & Enforcement Warning against Tobacco
Tax Policies on Tobacco Smoke free policies

Implemented Activities

Venue Date Information
Istanbul Turkey 14-16 December 2016 Knowledge Sharing Workshop on Tobacco Control Policies for OIC Member States
Ankara Turkey 25-26 April 2016 Study Visit on ‘Global Adult Tobacco Survey and Turkish Health Survey’ in Turkey
Malaysia 01-02 April 2015 Training Course on “Tobacco Control” in Malaysia
Baltimore, Maryland - United States 09-20 June 2014 SESRIC Participated in the “Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program”
Istanbul Turkey 26-29 March 2014 6th European Conference on Tobacco or Health (ECToH)
Geneva - Switzerland 12-13 August 2013 Tobacco Questions for Surveys (TQS) Conference
Ankara Turkey 02-04 July 2013 Study Visit on 'Tobacco Control Policies'
Cairo Egypt 19-21 March 2013 SESRIC participated in 'The First Regional Training Workshop on Tobacco Control and Trade'
Ankara Turkey 26 June 2012 Delegation from Bloomberg Foundation and WHO National Tobacco Control Programme Office visited SESRIC
Erzurum Turkey 20-21 June 2012 Study Visit on 'Tobacco Control Policies'
Baltimore - USA 02-16 June 2012 SESRIC Attended the 7th Annual Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program
Ankara Turkey 04 November 2010 A Memorandum of Understanding between SESRIC and FCA