Thiruvananthapuram | The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called upon Governments to enact and enforce comprehensive smoke-free laws to protect people from the harms of passive smoke.
”Smoke-free laws are relatively easy to pass and enforce. Besides improving health, they are also business friendly,” repored WHO on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015.
The report, coincides with the 10th anniversary of the WHOs Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) coming into force, also calls for decisive action by countries to end tobacco use.
Smoke-free laws are favourable for smokers and non-smokers as it improves the health of both these groups, beside it encourages smokers to reduce tobacco use and quit successfully in the long-term.
Scientific evidence has long proven that there is no safe level of exposure to passive smoke as it leads to fatal diseases, including cardiovascular and respiratory disease, and lung cancer.
Over 1.3 billion people across the world were covered by strong and comprehensive smoke-free legislation in 2014 an increase of about 200 million since 2012. A total of 49 countries have implemented smoke-free laws covering all public places and workplaces,” reported WHO.
The WHO has described Indian tobaccor control law COTPA, 2003 as a commorehensive legislation consistent with the FCTC for protecting the public, especially youths from tobacco harms.