Seminar on â€œTobacco control situation in Georgiaâ€ in Tbilisi, Georgia
Our Center organized seminars on â€œTobacco control situation in Georgiaâ€, on 3-4 April 2009. Seminar was aiming to inform NGOs, mass-media, governmental structures and police regarding the new amendments and changes made in tobacco control legislation. Seminars were devoted to the National No Tobacco Day, celebratedon 29th March.
Giorgi Maghradze, representative of our Center briefly introduced the participants the situation of tobacco control in Georgia as well as in other countries and then discussed more in details about the new amendments made in Georgian tobacco control legislation. Participants were given special leaflets and other informational materials prepared by the Center regarding the mentioned issue.
Representative from the National Center of Disease Control, Kakha Gvinianidze, talked about the execution mechanisms of a new law and activities planed in this regard.
Journalist of newspaper â€œResonanceâ€, Keti Berikashvili, talked on the media coverage of tobacco control issues in Georgia, discussed the practice that exists in this regard and those difficulties and barriers related with such issues coverage. On the first day of seminar, which was attended only by the NGOs and media representatives, there was made a short training as well how to cover media news effectively with the tobacco control issues. Journalist of â€œResonanceâ€ shared her practical experience in this regard.
After the reports there was held the discussion on different issues. Participants expressed their considerations how to make tobacco control activities more effective and successful. Also they expressed opinions regarding the social video clips and preparation of different publications. Participant NGOs declared readiness to take active part in anti-tobacco movement and with joint face fight for the resolution the different issues.
Police and governmental agencies representatives talked about those practical difficulties that might arise during the new law execution process. There was mentioned that at first stage itâ€™s necessary to organize strong informational campaign to prepare community for possible changes. Center representatives made a presentation of new video clips and heard the recommendations and practical advises from the police representatives that will be taken into consideration finally to increase clips effectiveness. NGOs and police representatives as well, marked that such kind of seminars should take place regularly and it should cover entire Georgia.
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