Implementing comprehensive smoking bans at the national level is a challenge in many countries due to the effective lobbying efforts of the tobacco industry. But the successful implementation and enforcement of a 100% smoke-free policy in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina, serves as evidence that local governments can withstand tobacco industry opposition and enact anti-smoking legislation.

Santa Fe is the first sub-national jurisdiction in Latin America to have enacted a comprehensive smoke-free law following the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which provides an internationally coordinated response to addressing the global tobacco epidemic.

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1.  Sebrié EM, Glantz SA. Local smoke-free policy development in Santa Fe, Argentina. Tobacco Control 2010; 19: 110-116. (open access)