People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
Smoke-free environments are crucial for protecting the health of smokers and non-smokers alike, as well as for sending a clear message that smoking in public places is not socially accepted. … Only completely smoke-free places, without any indoor smoking areas and with effective enforcement, can protect workers and the public and also encourage smokers to quit.
- World Health Organization
Secondhand tobacco smoke increases the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, chronic respiratory ailments, birth defects, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and a host of other ailments. It is vital to public health that tobacco smoke be eliminated from indoor public places, workplaces and public transport.
Under Article 8 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) the Parties agree to adopt effective measures providing for protection from exposure to tobacco smoke.
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