Recife breathing better: case study of smoke-free policy
WHO smoke-free city case study
In 2005, Recife’s Tobacco Control Coordination Office launched the “Smoke Free Recife City Hall” programme. This initiative, the first of a wave of a series of interventions, aimed to protect the health of more than five thousand workers from exposure to second hand smoke. With the commitment of the Mayor, the Secretary of Health and the Secretary of Finances, the Smoke Free Places Programme was subsequently rolled out to schools, health care units and other public and private workplace environments - including the hospitality sector.
Recife has acted independently to develop its own policies to bring about smoke-free places and to banish smoking rooms - that are still permitted by Federal Legislation. The city has decided not to wait for amendments to the existing Federal Smoke Free Law that would make it more protective against exposure to second-hand smoke.
Recife’s smoke-free agenda is being taken forward against the backdrop of a country where the tobacco industry continues to exert considerable economic power and influence. Brazil is the second largest producer and the biggest tobacco exporter in the world.