Smoke-free law compliance and predictive factors in Ethiopia: observational assessment of public places and workplaces
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    Strengthening Smoke-Free Laws and Compliance: Insights from Taiwan for Ethiopia and Beyond
    • Lien-Chung Wei, Psychiatrist Taoyuan Psychiatric Center , Ministry of Health and Welfare


    I am writing in response to the article "Smoke-free law compliance and predictive factors in Ethiopia: observational assessment of public places and workplaces" published in Tobacco Control. As a psychiatrist from Taiwan, I would like to commend the authors for shedding light on the low compliance rates of smoke-free laws in public places and workplaces in Ethiopia.

    The study's findings highlight the urgent need to strengthen smoke-free laws and promote compliance to reduce tobacco use and its related health consequences. As a country that has implemented comprehensive smoke-free laws for over a decade, Taiwan has faced similar challenges in enforcing the ban in indoor environments. However, our government has taken various measures to address non-compliance, including increasing penalties and expanding the scope of smoke-free areas.

    In addition to government efforts, collaboration between businesses, civil society organizations, and public health advocates is crucial in promoting compliance and a smoke-free culture. The Ethiopian government and civil society can learn from our experiences in Taiwan and other countries that have successfully implemented smoke-free laws.

    The study's findings provide a valuable framework for policymakers and public health advocates to address the challenges of enforcement and promote a smoke-free culture. I urge the Ethiopian government and civil society to work together to im...

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