Resources: Smoke-Free Laws

Fact Sheets

Smoke-Free Environments: Essential Facts
Smoke-Free Environments: Health Harms of Secondhand Smoke
Smoke-Free Laws Benefit the Economy
Smoke-Free Laws Improve Public Health
Partial Smoke-Free Laws Do Not Work
Smoke-Free Environments: Countering Industry Arguments
Smoke-Free Success Stories: Ireland
Smoke-Free Success Stories: Scotland
Smoke-Free Success Stories: Uruguay
Tobacco Industry Tactics Used to Undermine Smoke-free Policies

Reports & Studies

Lessons Learned Globally: Secondhand Smoke Mass Media Campaigns

This document, released in January of 2010, synthesizes data from secondhand smoke campaigns around the world, providing lessons learned about the process and content of developing and implementing mass media campaigns designed to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, either through policies or through individual behavior change.

Global Map of Smoke-Free Policies

This document maps out the smoke-free policies of the vast majority of the countries that have ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2009: Implementing smoke-free environments

The WHO provides a comprehensive overview of the evidence base for protecting people from the harms of second-hand tobacco smoke through legislation and enforcement. There is a special focus on the status of implementation of smoke-free policies, with detailed data collected for the first time ever on a global basis at both the national level and for large subnational jurisdictions.

The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General

This twenty-ninth report of the Surgeon General documents the serious and deadly health effects of involuntary exposure to tobacco smoke. Secondhand smoke is a major cause of disease, including lung cancer and coronary heart disease, in healthy nonsmokers.

Policy Recommendations on Protection from Exposure to Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke

Evidence consistently demonstrates not only that smoke-free environments are enforceable, but that they are popular and become more so following implementation. The World Health Organization encourages Member States to follow these recommendations and apply lessons learned to advance the goals of public health through legislated implementation of 100% smoke-free environments in workplaces and public places.

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Smoke-free Policies

This publication represents the views and opinions of an IARC Working Group on Evaluating the effectiveness of smoke-free policies which met in Lyon, France, 31 March - 5 April 2008

Key Websites

Going Smoke-Free
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
European Smokefree Partnership

Technical Manuals

Air Quality Monitoring for Advocacy

PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of air quality monitoring and its use in advocacy.

Air Quality Monitoring for Advocacy: How to Get Started

AQM surveys are used to measure secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in public places to support the need for strong smoke-free policies and to stimulate high compliance rates with the law.  AQM can be used as a simple, useful advocacy tool to stimulate policymakers and other decisionmakers to act and increase citizen awareness on the harms of SHS exposure.

Air Quality Monitoring Glossary

This document provides a glossary of key air quality monitoring terms.

Calibrating SidePak Monitor

This document provides information on how to properly calibrate air quality monitoring tools.

SidePak Aerosol Monitor Manual

This document provides technical assistance for air quality monitoring surveys focusing on monitoring preparation and use; and
collecting and extracting data for analysis.

Measuring Room Dimensions

This document provides guidelines for measuring room dimensions during air quality monitoring surveys.

How to effectively collect AQM data

This document provides guidelines for conducting successful air quality monitoring surveys.

Observational Data Forms

This document can be used as an observational data form for conducting air quality monitoring studies.

AQM Advocacy Work Plan

This document provides and guideline for air quality monitoring advocacy strategies.

Assessing Compliance with Smoke-Free Laws

The purpose of this guide is to help tobacco control organizations and others working to promote smoke-free environments and public health prepare for and implement studies to assess compliance with smoke-free laws.