The guide also notes that 100% smoke-free cities serve as important catalysts to creating smoke-free laws at state, provincial, and national levels.
· Smoke-free laws are a highly cost-effective measure for improving health.
· Political leadership is a key ingredient for successful implementation of smoke-free municipal laws.
· Doubts about the value and public acceptance of smoke-free laws are unfounded.
o Compliance is high.
o Laws are popular.
o Smoke-free laws are good for business.
· There is no good reason not to support comprehensive smoke-free laws.
World Health Organization. Making cities smoke-free. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2011.
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