There is no safe level of exposure to the air contaminated by tobacco smoke. The implementation of 100% smokefree environments in all indoor public access places and workplaces is the only way to guarantee the protection of the entire population.
In 2011, Argentina enacted the Tobacco Control Law Nº 26.687, establishing 100% smokefree environments in all indoor public access venues and workplaces. Despite this important progress, almost 32% of workers are still exposed to second-hand smoke, according to the National Survey on Risk Factors 2009.
An environment is 100% smokefree when smoking is not allowed inside and when it does not admit false solutions such as smoking areas, structural separations or ventilation or purifying systems. This implies, therefore, that smoking should only be allowed outdoors and away from openings, in order to prevent tobacco toxins from entering and contaminating interior places.
The international scientific community has established that completely smokefree indoor places are among the most effective measures to control the tobacco epidemic and to protect people from the effects of exposure to second-hand smoke. For this reason, they should apply to all enclosed public access venues and workplaces.