Navigation Links
Growth of Smoke-Free Air Laws Worldwide; More Than 200 Million Found "Fully Protected"

Atlanta - A new report released today documents the explosive growth of smoke-free air laws worldwide and finds that more than 200 million people are now protected by laws that require smoke-free air in workplaces and public places. The report concludes that the momentum behind smoke-free air laws will continue accelerating because a global treaty ratified by 146 nations requires governments to protect the public from secondhand smoke.

The report, Global Voices for a Smokefree World, was released today by the Global Smokefree Partnership, a new multi-partner initiative formed to promote effective smoke-free air policies worldwide, to coincide with the World Health Organizations World No Tobacco Day, which focuses attention this year on the importance of smoke-free air.

'Great progress is being made globally in protecting people from the harms of secondhand smoke. Whole countries are going smoke-free one after another, and the laws are proving to be a huge success,' said John R. Seffrin, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. 'Countries like Ireland and Uruguay are leading the way, and were seeing real action now.'

The report shows that nine countries have laws that require smoke-free air in workplaces, including all restaurants, bars and pubs: Ireland, Uruguay, New Zealand, Bermuda, Iran, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Englands law takes effect July 1. France, Italy, South Africa and Hong Kong have implemented smoke-free laws covering most workplaces. In the United States, 9 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. have implemented laws covering all workplaces, including restaurants and bars, and three more states have passed laws that will take effect over the next year.

Smoke-free air laws outside the United States are getting a boost from the worlds first public health treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The FCTC is now law in 146 countries, representin g more than three quarters of the worlds population. Under the treaty, governments are required to protect people from secondhand smoke in indoor workplaces and public places. The treatys governing body is expected to adopt guidelines at its meeting in July that will clarify that governments must implement strong smoke-free laws to meet their treaty obligations.

The U.S. is one of the few countries that has not ratified the FCTC. The U.S. signed the treaty in 2004, indicating its general support, but the President has not taken the next step of forwarding the FCTC to the Senate for consideration. The American Cancer Society is a strong supporter of the FCTC and encourages swift U.S. ratification.

Tobacco use is the worlds leading cause of preventable death, claiming the lives of an estimated 4.9 million people each year. This death toll is expected to rise sharply to 10 million deaths a year by 2020, due to the rapid growth in smoking rates in low-income nations. The WHO estimates that more than 650 million people alive today, including 250 million children, will die premature deaths because of tobacco use. In the United States, 440,000 people die each year from tobacco-related illnesses, and nearly one-third of all cancer deaths are attributable to tobacco use.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Anti-Cancer Drug Restores Normal Cell Growth
2. Low-dose Growth Hormone (GH) with diet and exercise may help weight loss
3. Human Growth Hormone Found To be Dangerous For Human Use
4. Stem Cells Found To Offer Promise For Hair Growth
5. Fish Found To Improve Fetal Growth
6. Growth Patterns In Childhood Could Predict Breast Cancer Later In Life
7. Stopping The Growth Of Viruses
8. Stopping The Growth Of Viruses
9. Turmeric Found To Slow Down Melanoma Growth
10. Protein acts as "Master Switch" that cuts off cells Cancer-Growth machinery
11. Record Growth Of Soya-Based Dairy Alternatives Over The Past Year In European Markets
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Dr. ... New York, has recently begun offering three new minimally invasive procedures to patients ... procedures and reducing downtime, Dr. Rubinstein is excited to bring microneedling, microneedling facials, ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Aesthetic Channel has recently highlighted Dr. ... come up with a proprietary technique that he calls the AuraLyft Facelift. ... For all ages, patients can expect to look refreshed, rejuvenated, and revitalized. , ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... MD Now Urgent Care opened its ... facility overall and marks the urgent care center's eighth location in Miami-Dade county. , ... Falls shopping mall. The new clinic offers a wide array of services ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Ulster University, Magee Campus in ... 9 am to 3 pm to present to graduate students exciting new and innovative ... original curriculum project led by The Health Improvement Service of the Western Health & ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Radabaugh & Associates, ... families and business owners in North Central West Virginia, is embarking on a ... differently abled residents in the region. , The Stepping Stones organization offers a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/1/2017)... BELL, Pa. , June 1, 2017 ... (PRN) and Veterinarian Recommended Solutions (VRS), and KD Pharma ... investment in Nutriceutical Holdings by KD Pharma Group. KD ... Holdings with the option to acquire the entire company. ... partner in KD. They are committed to growing the ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... 2017 Therapix Biosciences Ltd. (Nasdaq: TRPX), ... the development of cannabinoid-based drugs, today announced that ... at three upcoming scientific and investor conferences in ... Invitational: ...                     Wednesday, June ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... May 25, 2017  In response to the opioid ... Direct Relief is working with Pfizer to make up ... no cost to community health centers, free and charitable ... "Pfizer has a long-standing commitment to ... ensuring patient safety through educational activities," said Caroline ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: