In 17 countries of the Americas, all indoor public places and workplaces and public transportation are 100% smoke-free, according to the report on the Region’s implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) submitted to the plenary of the 52nd PAHO Directing Council.
The number of States Parties to the Framework Convention that have ratified the Convention is 29. Although there have been advances in implementation of the “best buys” (smoke-free places; health warnings; bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and
sponsorship; and tax increases), these have been slow and uneven both among the
different measures and among countries.
“The right to health is above commercial law,” concurred the delegates of the health ministries of the Americas, referring to the persistent interference by the tobacco industry against tobacco control policies, which takes the form of national and international lobbying and lawsuits.
We have a common enemy and we must work together and collaborate across countries and sectors to win the battle against tobacco, indicated PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne.