WHO working group meeting. Lisbon, Portugal, 2000.
Policies to reduce exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke
A meeting was held in Lisbon in May 2000 in which over 40 experts from around the world participated. The Working Group was convened to discuss approaches on how to reduce the risks to health posed by SHS and to support Member States in defining their policies on SHS. The Group concluded that public health policy and actions should aim at eliminating exposure to SHS by creating smoke-free environments for everyone. This should be achieved through a combined programme of legislation and education. Laws and regulations are essential to provide protection against involuntary smoking; voluntary arrangements are not sufficient. The meeting report includes specific recommendations on legislation, litigation, education and public information necessary to achieve smoke-free environments.