Mongolia’s new tobacco control law took effect on the 1st of March, strictly tightening controls for smokers and tobacco trade. The law bans smoking in all public areas, including restaurants, bars, offices, building entrances and public transport.
Initially introduced to parliament in 2010 with support from the Millennium Challenge Account – Mongolia (MCA-Mongolia) Prevention and Control of Major Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries (NCDI) Project, the amendment was adopted as law last October 2012 with measures to discourage smoking coming into effect this month.
The MCA NCDI project, implemented by EPOS, provided supporting advocacy campaigns featuring members of parliament and included health-related sports promotions and behavior change campaigns.
An article in The Mongol Messenger, a weekly English language news publication in Mongolia, features the new law and can be seen here.