Smoke-free cities

Man smoking on a bus
World Lung Foundation

People have the right to be protected from the negative health impacts of second-hand tobacco smoke, and providing the protection is an obligation under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). While an increasing number of countries have adopted smoke-free legislation, subnational regulations have often anticipated national laws or addressed second-hand smoke issues with measures beyond the legal or political scope of national governments.

Regulation at the city level to protect people against second-hand smoke is a complementary way to accomplish the WHO strategy for tobacco control, and it is also an example of interventions in the context of healthy urban governance that positively influence social determinants of health in urban settings.

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Deaths

600 000people die from second-hand smoke each year

Fact sheet on tobacco, July 2011

WHO FCTC

178 countriesare Parties to the WHO FCTC, representing more than 90% of the WHO member countries

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

Smoke-free environments

11%of the world population are protected by national smoke-free laws

Fact sheet on tobacco, July 2011

Publications

Making cities smoke-free

A guide intended to assist city officials to prepare for and implement smoke-free legislation that is popular, complied with, and effective in improving health.

Making your city smoke-free workshop package

Journal articles

City action

World No Tobacco Day series 2011 – smoke-free cities

Recognizing the fundamental role cities can have in the global fight against the epidemic of tobacco use, we are publishing the stories of how nine cities from around the world have engaged in the process of becoming smoke-free.

Contact us

World Health Organization Centre for Health Development
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Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073
Japan
Telephone: (+81) 78-230-3100
Fax: (+81) 78-230-3178
E-mail: wkc@who.int