People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- Published on 16 September 2011
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.
- Published on 18 February 2011
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.
- Published on 15 February 2011
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.
• 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.
- Published on 13 January 2011
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.
- Published on 21 December 2010
Local 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.
- Published on 17 August 2010
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.
- Published on 04 August 2010
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.
- Published on 14 June 2010
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.