Smoke-Free Laws & Advocacy Campaigns

We press for policy measures that will reduce the burden of addiction, disease and premature death attributable to tobacco. A number of cost-effective policies have proven successful in preventing the initiation of tobacco use, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and encouraging smokers to quit.

Everybody has a right to breathe clean air. There isn’t any safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, which causescancer,heart disease and many other diseases.Even brief exposure can cause serious damage. Smoke-free legislation is popular wherever it is enacted, and these laws do not harm business. Any country in Africa, regardless of income level, can implement effective smoke-free legislation. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke. Tobacco smoke is toxic and kills non-smokers. More than 4,000 chemicals have been identified in tobacco smoke, with more than 50 of these known to cause cancer. Tobacco smoke has similar components to inhaled or mainstream smoke. Studies have shown that pollution levels in indoor places that allow smoking are higher than levels found on busy roadways, in closed motor garages and during firestorms. Scientific evidence has unequivocally established that exposure to tobacco smoke causes death, disease and disability to non-smokers as well.

Only a total ban on smoking in public places, including all indoor workplaces, protects people from the harms of second-hand smoke, helps smokers quit and reduces youth smoking.Even brief exposure can cause serious damage. Smoke-free legislation is popular wherever it is enacted, and these laws do not harm business. Any country, regardless of income level, can implement effective smoke-free legislation. Only a total ban on smoking in public places, including all indoor workplaces, protects people from the harms of second-hand smoke, helps smokers quit and reduces youth smoking.

We conduct smoke free campaigns and advocate for new regulation implementation for 100% smoke free places both nationally & regionally within Africa. Article 8 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control requires Parties to the treaty to adopt effective smoke-free laws to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke in workplaces, public transport and other indoor public places. Guidelines adopted by the treaty's governing body make it clear that only 100 percent smoke-free laws meet the treaty requirements. Smoke-free laws have proven to be popular with the public and easy to implement and enforce. Studies show these laws quickly improve health and do not harm business.

AFRICA’S DEATH CLOCK

 

People have died from tobacco-related diseases in Africa since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

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