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Public Health. 2012 Mar;126(3):227-229. doi: 10.1016/j.puhe.2011.12.005. Epub 2012 Feb 15.

Smoke-free legislation: global reach, impact and remaining challenges.

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Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow, UK. Electronic address:
Tobacco-free Initiative, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland.
Public Health and Population Health, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Tobacco Control Unit, Instutut Català d'Oncologia, Barcelona, Spain.
World Lung Foundation, Hong Kong, China.


Article 8 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (2005) requires all signatory countries to adopt measures to protect people from tobacco smoke in indoor workplaces, indoor public places, public transport and other public places as appropriate. The aims of this symposium were to review progress across the world, to assess the evidence for the impact of legislation on health, and to identify the continuing challenges in making universal protection a reality. There was agreement that even in countries where strict legislation is enforced, many children continue to be dangerously exposed to parental second-hand smoke in the womb, the home and private cars. The importance of using accurate estimates of the burden of disease caused by second-hand smoke was agreed, in order to present an unassailable case for legislation and enforcement.

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