Smoke-Free Zone Certification Program

Smoke-free Zone Certification Program incentivizes institutions to enforce a smoking ban on their facilities amid lack of law enforcement by:

  • Recognizing local organizations that voluntarily pursue and enforce smoke-free environments.
  • Enlisting these organizations as advocates for better enforcement of smoke-free laws and public education about the importance of protection from exposure to secondhand smoke.

KHCC and KHCF encourage institutions that ban smoking in their facilities to apply.


Sectors eligible to participate in the smoke-free zone certification program:


Hospitals, Health Centers, and Clinics
Educational Institutions (Schools, Universities)
Restaurants and Cafes
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Fitness and Health Facilities



Eligibility Criteria

  • Institutions that have prohibited smoking in all its forms (cigarettes, waterpipe-shisha, pipe, e-cigarettes/vape, IQOS/heated tobacco products) on the entire premises of the building(s), including all closed or semi-closed indoor facilities. For schools, smoking should be prohibited throughout the entire campus, including playgrounds and parking areas.
  • Institutions that have successfully prohibited smoking for a minimum period of 9 months, or since their establishment.


For information on how to effectively implement a smoke-free environment in your institution, download our Smoke-Free Zone Toolkit.

For inquiries, please call: +962 (77 8668017) number Sunday - Thursday, between 12:00 AM and 03:00 PM.

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Including Smoking Prohibition Within National Standards

Smoking prohibition is included in the criteria and requirements for obtaining various national awards and certifications, including but not limited to:


1. King Abdullah Award for Institutional Excellence (KAA).

Tobacco smoking control and smoking prohibition are included in the award criteria of labor and organizational performance regulations. The award aims to boost the performance of ministries and government institutions serving Jordanian citizens and investors, and enhance their competitiveness by promoting the concepts of outstanding performance, creativity, quality and transparency. KHCF/KHCC partnered with KAA management to include requirements for smoke-free workplaces within the leadership criteria starting its 2012/2013 cycle. Since then, KAA has succeeded in highlighting smoke-free policies as an attractive and achievable organizational improvement capable of putting an institution ahead of its competition.


2. National Quality and Safety Goals by Health Care Accreditation Council (HCAC)

The national goals regarding the quality and safety of the healthcare sector have been defined for the Accreditation Council for Health Institutions to clarify regulations that can be easily applied in hospitals.

A clause ensuring a smoke-free environment in health care institutions was added to the national goals as a fixed goal.

For more information, click here.



1.Smoke-Free Zone Certification Program Guide

The guide explains the steps for launching a program similar to that of KHCC and KHCF. It provides a structure for understanding the reality of the situation, the scientific evidence for choosing certification criteria, and the principles that derive validation of compliance. The guide also details the required steps for institutions and showcases Jordan's experience launching and managing a smoke-free zone certification program as a template. It also provides the lessons learned and discusses the requirements for generalizing the results of the program, and how to use this opportunity to raise public awareness on the significance of protection from exposure to secondhand smoke.

To download the guide, click here.


2.Institutions’ Guide to the Implementation of the Smoking Prohibition Policy

This guide is a project of the Global Smoke Free Partnership, a multi-partner initiative formed in 2005 to promote effective smoke-free air policies worldwide. This partnership includes over 300 organizational and individual members from over 60 countries, and is hosted by the American Cancer Society and the Framework Convention Alliance.

Translated by the Cancer Control Office, it contains case studies from Jordan and is a reference for institutions seeking a smoke-free environment.


  • To apply for the certificate through the website, click here.