Consultations have begun on making the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championship, to be held on 9–25 May 2014 in Minsk, Belarus, a tobacco–free event. As suggested by the WHO Regional Director during a meeting with the Prime Minister of Belarus, Mr Myasnikovich, in November 2013, WHO/Europe is providing technical support for national discussions on this issue.

Consultations have begun on making the 2014 Men's World Ice Hockey Championship, to be held on 9–25 May 2014 in Minsk, Belarus, a tobacco–free event. As suggested by the WHO Regional Director during a meeting with the Prime Minister of Belarus, Mr Myasnikovich, in November 2013, WHO/Europe is providing technical support for national discussions on this issue.

A WHO mission conducted by Dr Luminita Sanda, Medical Officer for Capacity Building, Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases, and Dr Anna Koziel, a WHO consultant from Poland, visited Belarus on 10–11 February 2014 to brief representatives of the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation and the ministries of health, foreign affairs, sports and tourism, information and the interior on:

  • practical recommendations for organizing tobacco–free sport events; and
  • recent experiences of other countries in hosting major sport competitions.  

Guided by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, more and more governments are taking strong measures to fight tobacco use by addressing taxation and pricing, advertising, packaging and smoking in public places. Since ratifying the Convention in 2006, Belarus has taken various steps, including implementation of tobacco control legislation, to curb tobacco use in the country.