Date: Thursday 01, 2008
Organisation: Global Smokefree Partnership
Keywords: FCTC Article policy advocacy workplaces
Global Voices: Working for Smokefree Air - 2008 Status Report
On 1 May 2008, the Global Smokefree Partnership launched its Working for Smokefree Air Report, to mark this year's International Workers' Day. The theme for the report is smokefree workplaces.
Working for Smokefree Air is the first report to detail the benefits of smokefree workplaces on workers and employers. The report finds that the only effective protection for workers is 100% smokefree workplaces. Smokefree workplace policies are popular: they save businesses money, improve worker health, and are easily enforced.
Working for Smokefree Air comes at a critical time. A surge of new smokefree workplace policies is expected because of the world's first public health treaty - the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. This treaty is now law in more than 150 countries - representing more than 80% of the world's population. The guidelines on Article 8 of the FCTC, adopted in July 2007, require governments to protect people from secondhand smoke in indoor workplaces and public places. Policies that exempt certain categories of person, such as those who work in the hospitality or tourism trades, do not meet the FCTC requirements for all persons to be protected. The Article 8 guidelines provide a clear roadmap for governments to implement laws that close the smokefree air gap between countries committed to protecting workers from SHS exposure and people currently protected by smokefree policies.