The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Dutch court's recognition of FCTC smoke-free measure encouraging


WNTD2012 Netherlands MPs Petition STIVORO WEBSTIVORO delivers a petition to Dutch MPs on World No Tobacco Day 2012. (c) STIVOROBy Dr Dewi Segaar
Director, STIVORO

On 26 March, the Dutch appeals court ruled that small cafes with no employees cannot be exempt from a ban on smoking. Based on Article 8 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and its guidelines, the decision marks a very welcome turn for tobacco control in the Netherlands, after some tough years that led to an increase in smoking prevalence in 2012.

Countries ban smoking in vehicles with children

Laws prohibiting smoking in vehicles carrying children have been adopted in South Africa, Mauritius, Bahrain, Puerto Rico and in provincial or state governments in the US, Canada and Australia.

The laws help protect children from exposure to very high levels of tobacco smoke that can cause increased health risks like bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma, ear infections and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Bangladesh public transport goes smoke-free

All public transport vehicles in Bangladesh must display no-smoking signs or they will not be able to renew their licenses, the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) recently announced.

BRTA made the announcement as a follow-up to a seminar in December on the importance of smoke-free public transport.

Advocacy's role in creating a smoke-free Mexico City

A recent article in Tobacco Control found that the coordinated efforts of advocates and policymakers led to the successful implementation of Mexico City’s 100 per cent smoke-free law. The study outlines the development of the smoke-free law, identifies major implementation challenges faced, and describes the actions taken by advocates to ensure success.

Major Challenges

•         The hospitality industry claimed the 100 per cent smoke-free law would hurt their business and that designated smoking rooms were unconstitutional and impractical.
•         At the federal level, a weaker smoke-free law required designated smoking rooms and allowed the tobacco industry to create confusion among restaurant and bar owners about which law should be followed in Mexico City.
•         Two pro-tobacco legislators in Mexico City filed a Supreme Court lawsuit against the constitutionality of the 100 per cent smoke-free law.

See the abstract here.

Cricket World Cup smoke-free

All venues of the 2011 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh will be smoke-free thanks to the continuous tobacco control activities held in the country.

Although smoking in Bangladesh is prohibited in public places (mostly indoor), smoking is still allowed in open sports grounds.

Zambia struggles for smoke-free places

Zambia struggles to enforce bans on smoking in public places. (c) ZACALocal authorities in Zambia are struggling to enforce a law prohibiting smoking in public places, says the Zambia Consumer Association (ZACA).

The law came into place in Zambia during April 2008, but remains to be properly enforced throughout the country.

Barbados goes smoke-free

Barbados will go smoke-free in all public places this October.

The ban covers public areas like bars, restaurants, hotels, rum shops, businesses, government buildings libraries and museums.

Bangladesh mobile court fines smokers

The local Kustia Sadar sub district mobile court officials fine people for smoking in public.Mobile courts in Bangladesh continue chasing down violators of the country’s tobacco law.

With the help of non-government orgainsations (NGOs), the local government in the Kustia Sadar sub district formed a mobile court in July to fine people for smoking in public places, including the Bittipara Bazar and Kustia-Jhenaidah Highway. Four bus drivers were also fined for smoking in their buses. The court also removed illegal cigarette advertising.