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Effective protection from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in Poland: The World Health Organization perspective

DOI: 10.2478/v10001-010-0014-7

Keywords: Environmental tobacco smoke exposure, Legislation, World Health Organization

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Tobacco is the single greatest preventable cause of death in the world today, killing approximately half of the people who use it. Several strategies have been proved to reduce tobacco use. However, more than 50 years after the health effects of smoking were scientifically proven, and more than 20 years after evidence confirmed the hazards from exposure to second-hand smoke, few countries have implemented effective and recognized strategies to control the tobacco epidemic. This paper summarizes the World Health Organization recommendations for effective protection from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke along with the existing tobacco control programs and legislation in force in Poland.

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