Tobacco and gender: health or economic interests?
On July 4, 2011 Gender Education, Research and Technologies foundation held a roundtable discussion on ways to protect economic, social and cultural rights of citizens and gender equality in modern societies associated with the problem of smoking and tobacco industry. As speakers and experts in the discussion participated two famous American lawyers - Dr. Ranghita de Silva and Professor Richard Deynard, who have been working extensively on the subject of tobacco and human rights internationally. From the Bulgarian side as a lecturer participated Dr. Vilia Velikova, Senior Expert at the Ministry of Health.
Dr. Vilia Velikova, introduced the audience to the Bulgarian context and made an extensive presentation, including data from researches of smoking in different years, and developed strategies and measures implemented by the Ministry to limit smoking and the steps taken to ban it at public places. As a result of the presentations of the speakers questions arise to U.S. experts on discrimination against non smokers and economic results of the suspension of production of a product that kills (e.g. tobacco).
Professor Richard Deynard and Dr. Ranghita de Silva gave detailed answers to the questions of the audience and shared their experience and practice linked to the restriction of smoking in the U.S. Dr. Ranghita de Silva presented the opportunities provided by the international treaties for tobacco control and made recommendations to Bulgaria’s policy on smoking.
As a result of the discussion, the participants prepared concrete recommendations for policy change in Bulgaria: a social environment free from smoke and decided to continue the initiative to achieve tangible results.