Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)

United Nations General Assembly Resolution

3 November 2008, New York -- The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution on Smoke-free United Nations premises. Through the resolution, the General Assembly decides to implement a total ban on smoking at the United Nations Headquarters indoor premises and a ban on sales of tobacco products at the United Nations Headquarters premises. The resolution also recommends the implementation of a ban on smoking at all "United Nations indoors premises, including regional and country offices throughout the United Nations system" as well as a ban on the sales of tobacco products at all United Nations premises.

Previous to the adoption of the resolution, WHO/TFI organized a high-level lunchtime briefing on smoke free United Nations on Tuesday 14 October 2008 in New York during the UN General Assembly. The purpose of the briefing was to raise awareness on the importance of a complete smoking ban at the UN among missions of General Assembly countries and inform them about the decision by ECOSOC calling on the General Assembly to adopt a UN smoke-free resolution. The briefing was chaired by H.E Jose Luis Cancela, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations. Keynote speakers included Dr Tom Frieden, Commissioner, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City, USA; H.E. Rosemary Banks, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations and Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director, Tobacco Free Initiative, WHO.