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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Smoke-free Policies

The 13th volume of the IARC Handbooks of Cancer Prevention publications series is a critical review of the published literature on this highly sensitive issue, led by a Working Group of 17 scientists from nine countries, which draws conclusions about the effectiveness of smoke-free policies. The volume covers the evolution of smoke-free policies, the impact of smoke-free policies on businesses in the hospitality sector, public attitudes towards smoke-free policies and compliance, reductions in exposure to secondhand smoke and the effects on health due to restrictions on smoking following policy implementation. It also considers the effects of mandated smoking restrictions on smoking behaviour, and the effects of voluntary home smoking restrictions on exposure to secondhand smoke and smoking behaviour. This Handbook will be useful for health professionals and policymakers alike in countries that are currently considering legislation to protect the population from tobacco.

Available at WHO Press