WHO/Europe’s efforts to protect non-smokers

WHO/Europe is committed to reducing the burden of disease and death caused by tobacco, and guides Member States in developing, implementing and strengthening evidence-based measures for tobacco control. It works closely with the 46 Member States that have ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), supporting their efforts to implement this powerful legal instrument. WHO/Europe also supports ratification by the 7 European Member States that are not yet parties to the treaty.

WHO/Europe works with countries to reduce the burden of tobacco and protect non-smokers by:

  • promoting a multidisciplinary approach and stressing the importance of coordinated efforts at all levels of government and other sectors of society;
  • offering political support to all governments in raising and/or supporting particular issues;
  • providing guidance in developing legislation, strengthening its enforcement and aligning it with the obligations of the WHO FCTC;
  • assessing countries’ capacity to ensure smoke-free environments;
  • mediating information exchange across the Region;
  • disseminating best practices and models through publications, case examples and field studies;
  • advocating a gender-equity approach in implementing all articles of the WHO FCTC;
  • encouraging and building countries’ capacity (through means including technical assistance) to strengthen tobacco surveillance systems and expand the use of comparable, sex-disaggregated data; and
  • disseminating data and strengthening their use for policy-making in countries and the WHO European Region.