WHO urges companies to create smoke-free workplaces
The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging businesses across the Western Pacific Region to join a “Revolution Smoke-Free” campaign and start establishing smoke-free workplaces.
“A smoke-free workplace is not a privilege, it’s a global standard,” said WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific Shin Young-soo.
“This campaign highlights the importance of protecting employee health and the bottom line through a commitment to creating a smoke-free environment in the workplace,” he added.
Each year, tobacco kills seven million people around the world, including 890,000 non-smokers who are exposed to tobacco smoke.
In the Western Pacific Region, three people die every minute due to tobacco.
WHO argued that this is entirely preventable with strong smoke-free laws in place.
Unfortunately, only nine out of 27 Member States in the WHO Western Pacific Region have adopted comprehensive smoke-free laws covering all public places and workplaces, leaving hundreds of millions of people vulnerable to second-hand smoke.
“There is no need to wait for national legislation to make workplaces smoke-free. Businesses can lead the charge in changing our workplaces, protecting workers and clients, and promoting smoke-free environments as the global standard to which every responsible and successful company must strive,” said Shin.