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Smoke-free laws are beneficial for everyone: for non-smokers because they protect them from the negative consequences of second and thirdhand smoke, and for smokers because they create environments that make it easier to stop smoking.

Secondhand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) from combustible tobacco products. It can cause severe and fatal diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, and adverse reproductive effects.

Counter Marketing

It is vital to counter positive and misleading tobacco industry messages about tobacco use by educating people about the real harms.

Path Forward

The data are clear: tobacco control is working, but there is more work to do.

Mass Media

Though media campaigns are a critical tool for tobacco control, and often cost effective, they are underutilized globally.

Health Effects

Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 toxic chemicals, and a lifetime of smoking subtracts at least 10 years from a person’s life on average.


Contrary to tobacco industry claims, research from multiple regions demonstrates that tobacco cultivation does not provide a prosperous livelihood for most smallholder farmers.