Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
GRIFFITH, G et al. The global momentum for smokefree public places: best practice in current and forthcoming smokefree policies. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, suppl.3, pp. s299-s308. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342008000900006.
The Global Smokefree Partnership has recently prepared a map of smokefree campaigns and policies around the world. It focuses primarily on countries that are parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but other countries were included. The smokefree status of 172 countries was mapped. Of these countries, 31 (18.0%) have established comprehensive smokefree policies, either nationally or at state or city level - best practice; 25 (14.6%) are planning to implement smokefree policies in 2008 or 2009; and 51(29.6%) are making significant progress with smokefree policies. Only 65 countries (37.8%) have limited or no smokefree polices. A selection of countries representing best practices in smokefree policies or planning to implement smokefree policies in 2008 or 2009 is highlighted. They illustrate the significant global momentum for smokefree policies, the success of established policies, the importance of civil society and the sharing of experience between countries.
Keywords : tobacco; legislation; public policies; smoking cessation.