The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

South Africa kicks World Cup butt

Football is kicking butt at this year’s World Cup in South Africa.

That’s cigarette butts; as all stadium stands and areas around the pitch are smoke-free thanks to the International Federation of Association Football’s (FIFA) move to enforce a smoke-free ban.

Syria bans smoking in public places

Syria is the first Arab state to instigate a ban on smoking in public places, which also includes the nargile or hubble-bubble (hookah or water) pipe.

As of last month, people are not allowed to smoke in restaurants, cafés, educational institutions, health centres, sports halls, cinemas and theatres, and on public transport.

Most smokers worldwide support workplace bans

Smokers support bans to prohibit smoking in the workplace, according to a new survey.

The international poll of nearly 5,000 people by research institute RTI International and Harris Interactive showed that nearly three-quarters of workers who smoke and 87 percent of employers support a smoke-free work environment.

Full story on Reuters’ website.

Osun bans public smoking

An inland state of south-western Nigeria, Osun, has banned smoking in public spaces. The ban carries penalties a three to six months jail term and or fines between N10, 000 to N250, 000 (roughly $US66.00 - $US1650.00).

Syria to ban smoking in public places

Syria’s president recently announced the country will ban smoking in public places within the next six months – adding the nation to the increasing anti-smoking trend in Arab countries.