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