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World Lung Foundation Welcomes Stronger Smoke Free Legislation in Poland

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
 

(New York, United States and Warsaw, Poland) - Today the Ministry of Health of Poland and the Chief Sanitary Inspectorate launched a mass media campaign to build support strong amendments to the new national smoke-free law. The "Smokefree Workplaces, Pub" campaign was developed with technical assistance from World Lung Foundation.

The campaign advertisement is set in a typical Polish tavern and depicts imagery of a worker being exposed to secondhand smoke. It explains the harms such exposure causes and the benefits of smokefree bars to both patrons and workers. The campaign will air on both regional and national television across Poland for eight weeks.

Peter Baldini, Chief Executive Officer, World Lung Foundation said, "Just 30 minutes of exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk of heart disease in non-smokers. Campaigns such as those launched today have been effective in building support for policy change."

According to the new Act on Protection of Health Against the Consequences of Consumption of Tobacco and Tobacco Products, smoking in many public places, including health care facilities, workplaces, bars, restaurants, public transportation and other public spaces, will be banned effective November 15th. The law however provides an option for designated smoking rooms, which do not fully protect people from secondhand smoke.

Baldini continued, "There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke so the only truly effective measure is complete, 100% smoke-free public places. We urge the Polish government to address this important legal flaw and hope the campaign will help inform the public about why this is needed.

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About World Lung Foundation

World Lung Foundation was established in response to the global epidemic of lung disease, which kills 10 million people each year. The organization improves global lung health by improving local capacity to conduct research, develop public policy and deliver public health education. The organization's areas of emphasis are tobacco control, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, asthma, and child lung health. For more information, please visit worldlungfoundation.org

For more information, please contact: Jorge Alday, World Lung Foundation, at +1 (212) 639 0070 or jalday@worldlungfoundation.org.

 
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