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UN Geneva restricts smoking on premises

As of 31 May 2019, UN Geneva has adopted a ban on smoking-vaping indoors and outdoors at the Palais des Nations, except in designated areas outdoors.

Since 2014, UN Geneva has made its indoor premises smoke-free and implemented a complete ban on the sale of tobacco products to respond to a resolution by the General Assembly on making United Nations premises smoke-free.

As of June 2019, the Organization will also be helping UN staff in Geneva to quit smoking through a dedicated programme.

This new policy responds to staff concerns about the effects of smoking and second-hand smoke exposure. A survey in early 2017 showed that the majority of staff favoured the Organization’s further restricting smoking and the use of electronic cigarettes at the Palais des Nations, both inside and outside. They deemed appropriate, however, to have designated smoking areas away from the premises. As such, smoking shelters have been installed in various locations of the campus (click on the map for enlarged view).

World No Tobacco Day (31 May)

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day. This annual campaign raises awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and discourages tobacco use in any form. World No Tobacco Day 2019 focuses on tobacco’s impact on people’s lung health, from cancer to chronic respiratory disease.

“In our movement towards a smoke and tobacco-free world, one step closer to the solution is to create smoke-free workplaces,” says UN Geneva Director-General Michael Møller.