WMA Council Resolution on Legislation Banning Smoking In Public Places


Adopted by the 175th WMA Council Session, Pilanesberg, South Africa, October 2006

Recognizing the abundant evidence linking adverse health outcomes and exposure to second-hand smoke; and
Noting that despite this new evidence many countries still allow smoking in public areas;

The World Medical Association:

  • Congratulates the French government and French physicians for the introduction of legislation that would ban smoking in public areas; and

  • Urges other National Medical Associations to advocate for similar legislative changes in their own countries if such legislation does not exist.