People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
The Estadio José Rafael "Fello" Meza Ivancovich in Costa Rica is the first winner of the Global Smokefree Stadia Award.
The award was announced on 7 March by The Global Smokefree Partnership. Its goal is to reward stadia worldwide that take steps to protect athletes, fans and workers from second-hand smoke.
Estadio José Rafael "Fello" Meza Ivancovich was the first stadium in Costa Rica and the entire Latin American Region to be declared smoke-free. This happened years before the national government adopted smoke-free legislation.
Framework Convention Alliance is one of the hosts of The Global Smokefree Partnership.