Tobacco-free cities for smoke-free air: a case study in Mecca and Medina

WHO smoke-free city case study


Publication details

Editors: WHO
Number of pages: 17
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English



In 2001, on World No Tobacco Day, the Late King Fahd announced that Mecca and Medina would become smoke free cities. In recognition of this proclamation, he received a WHO award later that year. This directive, although not a formal law, has a similar force within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This case study examines how Mecca and Medina have taken forward smoke-free and wider tobacco control agendas by placing emphasis on banning sales of tobacco within the cities.