Revista Española de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1135-5727
SASCO, Annie J; MELIHAN-CHEININ, Pascal and HARCOURT, Delphine d'. Legislation on Smoking at the Workplace and in Public Places in Europe. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 2003, vol.77, n.1, pp. 37-73. ISSN 1135-5727. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1135-57272003000100005.
This study was conducted through contacts with key health authorities, complemented with other key providers of information and the consultation of the International Healthcare Legislation Repertory. A description is provided of the current characteristics of the legislation on smoking at the workplace in the fifteen European Union (EU) Member States., as well as in other European countries such as Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Poland, Rumania and Switzerland. A review is also provided of the court cases which have taken place based upon this legislation with regard to smoking at the workplace in these countries. Legislation is a crucial part of any strategy for controlling smoking. Without legislation, no action against exposure to tobacco smoke-polluted air will be effective. However, a law does not suffice in itself and will solely be effective if supported by public opinion.
Keywords : Legislation; Occupational health; Tobacco.