Prevention Non-communicable diseases Division

The department implements the National Strategy for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (“NCD Strategy” for short) and the National Addiction Strategy, and is responsible for enforcement of the Narcotics Act. It works together with a number of different stakeholders.

Prevention of non-communicable diseases and addiction

More than half the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) could be avoided – or at least their effects mitigated – by adopting a healthy lifestyle.
The department provides the scientific basis and implements the measures envisaged by the NCD Strategy and the Addiction Strategy. In particular, this involves stepping up measures to promote healthy lifestyles in society, business and the work setting, as well as in the provision of healthcare services. The aim is to improve health literacy among the general public and to establish conditions that will make it easier to adopt healthier behaviour patterns. Measures will also be taken to prevent addiction disorders and provide support for persons suffering from addictions.

To implement the strategies, the Department for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases works closely together with numerous stakeholders at the national, cantonal and regional level.

Enforcement of the Narcotics Act

The department oversees the enforcement of the Narcotics Act, performing the related tasks in the areas of addiction medicine and harm reduction, such as issuing exemption authorisations and coordinating addiction medicine networks.

Tobacco Control Fund

The Tobacco Control Fund (TCF) is affiliated to the NCD division, from where it is administered. The fund receives 2.6 centimes for every packet of cigarettes sold.

This money helps finance measures to stop people taking up smoking, to help people to give up smoking and to protect non-smokers against passive smoking. The TCF runs its own projects and awards grants to others.

When awarding funds, the TCF refers to the 2017–2024 National Strategy on the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases and the National Addiction Strategy.

Roy Salveter

Roy Salveter
Head of Prevention Non-communicable diseases Division

Further information

Strategy Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

In Switzerland 2.2 million people suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many of these conditions and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

National Strategy on Addiction

Addiction is a dynamic area of policy that constantly has to respond to new challenges, for example changing patterns of behaviour and trends in consumption.

Addiction & health

Addictions and dependencies pose a risk to individuals and society at large. That’s why we promote people’s health literacy. Find out here about the various addictions and addiction prevention, regulation, damage limitation, counselling and therapies.

Das Betäubungsmittelgesetz

Das Betäubungsmittelgesetz (BetmG) regelt den Umgang mit Betäubungsmitteln und psychotropen Stoffen sowie die Aufgabenteilung der zuständigen nationalen und kantonalen Behörden.

Last modification 13.11.2020

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Public Health Directorate
Prevention Non-communicable diseases Division
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Berne
Tel. +41 58 463 88 24

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