Environmental health organisations against tobacco

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2009 Apr;6(4):1456-71. doi: 10.3390/ijerph6041456. Epub 2009 Apr 15.


Implementing the World Health Organisation (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) relies heavily on enforcement. Little is known of the way different enforcement agencies operate, prioritise or network. A questionnaire was sent to representatives of the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) in 36 countries. Tobacco control was given low priority. Almost two thirds did not have any tobacco control policy. A third reported their organisation had worked with other agencies on tobacco control. Obstacles to addressing tobacco control included a lack of resources (61%) and absence of a coherent strategy (39%).

Keywords: Anti tobacco policy making; enforcement; environmental health; health professionals; tobacco control.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Benchmarking
  • Environmental Health / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Environmental Health / organization & administration*
  • Health Priorities*
  • Humans
  • Law Enforcement
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco*
  • World Health Organization