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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(4), 1456-1471; doi:10.3390/ijerph6041456

Environmental Health Organisations against Tobacco

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Department of Environmental Health, Health Service Executive West, Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Department of Public Health, Health Service Executive West, Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Department of Environmental Health, Dublin City Council, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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Cancer Research UK Centre for Tobacco Control Research, University of Stirling and the Open University, U.K
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Department of Experimental Physics at National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland
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Received: 23 December 2008 / Accepted: 27 March 2009 / Published: 15 April 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking and Tobacco Control)
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Abstract

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. Anti tobacco policy making; enforcement; environmental health; health professionals; tobacco control.
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Mulcahy, M.; Evans, D.S.; Lahiffe, B.; Goggin, D.; Smyth, C.; Gerard Hastings, G.; Byrne, M. Environmental Health Organisations against Tobacco. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1456-1471.

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