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Global Smoke-free Partnership Campaign

Voices for a Smoke-free World

In July 2007 the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will meet to consider guidelines on the implementation of their obligations under Article 8 of the Convention, to provide protection against second-hand smoke. These guidelines should serve as best practices for countries in the implementation of their smoke-free laws.

In the lead up to the COP, the Global Smoke-free Partnership is launching a Global Voices Campaign to gain and secure support from countries for strong and effective Article 8 Guidelines.

Please join the Global Voices Campaign by adding your voice and supporting the campaigns’ principles. Signatures will be presented to delegates at the COP meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

The principles of the Global Voices for a Smoke-free World are:

* Second-hand smoke is a significant health hazard.
* There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.
* There is no safe alternative to 100% smoke-free public places and workplaces.
* Ventilation, air filtration systems and designated smoking areas/rooms do not protect people from second-hand smoke.
* All people should be protected from second-hand smoke.
* All workers have the right to smoke-free workplaces.
* Legislation without exemptions is needed to protect people from the dangers of second-hand smoke.
* Effective enforcement, implementation and monitoring provisions are necessary components of effective legislation.

For more information on the Global Voices Campaign, please refer to the Global Smoke-free Partnership website.


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