“Make my town smoke-free: measures from cities to stop secondhand smoke”

Invitation to WKC forum, 15 January 2011

In the belief that urbanization is a key determinant of health, the World Health Organization Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre –WKC) carries out research on how health is affected by social, economic and environmental change and the kind of health policy responses needed. It also supports the sharing of information on technical cooperation, capacity building and successful case studies.

In 1987, WHO Headquarters designated 31 May as World No Tobacco Day to raise awareness of tobacco-related harm. In order to prevent further spread of the tobacco epidemic, the Organization also took the lead with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The WHO FCTC entered into force on 27 February 2005 and now has 172 parties. Countries signing the Convention agree to acknowledge the potentially fatal nature of secondhand smoke and to pass effective measures into law. However, some parties have been slow to meet their obligations, leaving space for a growing number of municipal authorities to enact their own policies and bylaws on secondhand smoke and outdoor smoking.

WHO Kobe Centre conducted case studies of secondhand smoke measures in 10 cities worldwide, looking at how municipal action is leading to “smoke-free cities”. The study confirmed the importance not only of political will among decision-makers to enact such measures but of grassroots action by citizens. At this forum, we will see the kinds of actions taken by citizens in Shizuoka that contributed to a new smoke-free ordinance there, and look at the prospects for outdoor smoking policies in Japan. This will be an opportunity to develop understanding of the role of local governments in tobacco policy, from the perspective of secondhand smoke policy research overseas.

TIME: 14:30-16:00, Saturday 15 January 2010 (venue opens at 13:45)

PLACE: Training Room 4, 4F, Hyogo Pref. Nursing Assocation

CAPACITY: 70

FEE: Free

LANGUAGE: Japanese (English consecutive interpretation available)

ORGANIZER: WHO Kobe Centre/WHO Kobe Centre Cooperating Committee

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