Smokefree DC is a citizen-based group whose goal is to promote smokefree environments in Washington, DC.

New WHO report: good news, bad news

The good news in a new report from the World Health Organization is that 154 million more people worldwide since 2007 are protected from secondhand smoke thanks to smokefree laws.

The bad news is that just 5.4 percent of the world’s population is covered by smokefree laws.  The WHO also noted that 600,000 people die prematurely because of secondhand smoke.

Clearly, we’re doing well but we have a ways to go.

Another interesting factoid: Twenty-two of the world’s 100 most populous cities are smokefree.

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