The current epidemiological situation in central and eastern Europe reflects the historical, political and economic diversity of the transition from Communism.
Tobacco control measures have been adopted with success in some countries thanks to strong leadership, participation in international programmes, wide collaboration with leading tobacco control organisations and the introduction of comprehensive legislation.
To present the current epidemiological situation in central and eastern Europe.
To describe smoking prevalence and disease burden in central and eastern Europe.
To detail the tobacco-control strategies applied.
Summary The problems caused by high smoking rates in the countries of central and eastern Europe were compounded following the fall of Communism. Centralised health services deteriorated, and populations new to consumerism were faced with aggressive tobacco marketing. Now, thanks to domestic and international initiatives, these nations are beginning to make progress in combating the tobacco pandemic.
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