Smoking ban at UN headquarters
WHO welcomes a smoking ban at the UN headquarters.
The resolution passed by the General Assembly in November 2008 imposes on indoor smoking and
tobacco sales at UN headquarters in New York. The General Assembly deserves congratulations for
protecting the health of delegates, employees and visitors," said WHO Director-General Dr Chan.
"Fewer of them will sicken and die prematurely as a result of today'saction. Tobacco is the leading
preventable cause of death, killing 5.4 million people per annum from lung cancer, heart disease and
other diseases, according to the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008. There is no
safe level of second-hand smoke, the report says, citing research by the WHO International Agency
for Research on Cancer, the Surgeon General of the United States of America, the United Kingdom.
Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health, and the Conference of the Partiesto the WHO
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
Source: World Health Organization ( 6 November 2008 )
UN Headquarters, New Yok City.
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The article was written in November 2008, by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.