Switzerland

Smokefree legislation/ initiatives

Switzerland is not a party to the FCTC. The 1993 Federal Labour Law imposes partial restrictions in government facilities and indoor workplaces and offices. Smoking is banned on public transport except taxis. Voluntary agreements in some cantons have made some healthcare and educational facilities, restaurants, bars, pubs, theatres and cinemas smokefree.

The Swiss federal parliament is considering a national smokefree law, but the cantons (states) are taking action independently. Six cantons have become smokefree. The first was Ticino in Spring 2007, followed by Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Graubünden, Solothurn, Valais and, most recently, Geneva on 24 February 2008. The Geneva legislation is the most comprehensive and will ban smoking in all indoor public places, including restaurants, bars and nightclubs. 79% of voters supported smokefree legislation. However in October 2008 the Swiss high court deemed the ban illegal which will delay implementation.

A recent medical study showed that two thirds of the Swiss population favours smokefree legislation.

Smokefree resources available in 2009

European Network for Smoking Prevention www.ensp.org
International Union Against Cancer (UICC) www.uicc.org
Swiss Society for Oncology www.sso-sgo.ch

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