Ending the Tobacco Epidemic in Asia-Oceania: Filling the Gap by Academic Societiesan
Session title: Ending the Tobacco Epidemic in Asia-Oceania: Filling the Gap by Academic Societies
Lecture title: How Thailand contributes to ending the tobacco epidemic: synergistic movement with knowledge backbone
Gradually reduction of tobacco consumption in Thailand along 20 years was struggled in 2011. More efforts and new strategic movements with multi-sectoral and stakeholder collaborations were introduced under the concepts of ?Triangle that moves the mountain?: synergistic of 3 axis of power including political power, knowledge power, and civil society power. New challenges and old root causes of tobacco epidemic are uncovered with scientific evidence. Problem diversities are found with sub-group analysis. These called for area-based context specific planning plus ownership building and self-management at provincial level. Lessons from Thailand show that the policy translation from national to sub-national level is as important as the policy translation from global to country level. Recognition of ownership and problem diversity, research and knowledge management is an essential element for effective formulation and implementation of tobacco control policies at any level. Common challenges in Asia-Oceania would need research and knowledge management within the region to identify specific regional policies to ending the tobacco epidemic.