September 19, 2010 - WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. WHO - promoting tobacco control around the world..
Tucked inside a story about how the NYPD (New Yprk Police Department) thinks the UN is woefully unprepared for a terrorist attack is this little fact about the perks of living outside of city jurisdiction. Though smoking is banned in most UN office buildings (like that firetrap, the Secretariat), it is allowed in the corridors! It's so the French can continue to look cool on American soil, right? With regards to those security measures, the UN is refusing to make the necessary changes to prevent a terrorist attack, preferring to fight back by giving the terrorists emphysema. Controlling the State of Tobacco in the City of New York
Reference: You Can Smoke Inside The UN by Jaya Saxena, mobile.Gothamist.com, 9/18/2010.