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    IMSP Finds Health Benefits of Mexico City’s Anti-Smoking Law

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    Mexico’s National Public Health Institute (INSP) has released a study of health effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS, sometimes also referred to as “passive smoking” or secondhand smoke”) in bars and restaurants.  The study checked 633 workers at 219 establishments in the the Federal District (DF, which comprises Mexico City and its environs) […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: Mexico Issues Regulation

    Monday, June 1st, 2009

    How did Mexico’s Health Secretary José Ángel Córdova Villalobos commemorate World No-Tobacco Day in 2009?  He issued the implementing regulation for the 2008 General Law on Tobacco Control (LGCT).  Among other things, the regulation covers the architectural design of nonsmoking areas, the ban on sales of tobacco products to minors, and the presence of health […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: Guatemala Celebrates Entry-into-Force of New Regulation

    Sunday, May 31st, 2009

    Guatemala’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS), with the help of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Guatemalan nongovernmental organization Una Voz Contra el Cáncer (“A Voice Against Cancer”), observed World No Tobacco Day by celebrating the entry into force of the new implementing regulation for […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: CARICOM Agrees to Ban Smoking in Public Spaces

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat: CARICOM HEALTH MINISTERS AGREE TO CURB SMOKING IN PUBLIC SPACES The Caucus of Ministers of Health have endorsed a recommendation for the banning of smoking on public spaces as a public good and regional goal, as the Region intensifies its efforts to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), under the Port […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: PAHO Calls for All LAC Nations to Adopt Pictorial Warnings

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): PAHO Calls for Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Packaging Countries urged to follow the lead of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela Graphic images depicting the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use should be mandatory on packaging for all tobacco products, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) […]

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    Día Mundial sin Tabaco 09: Los logros y retos en Venezuela

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    Desde el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud y Protección Social (MSPS): MIN-SALUD EXHIBIÓ AVANCES Y DESAFÍOS EN CONTROL DEL TABACO La celebración del Día Mundial de No Fumar impone la revisión de logros y retos en el control del tabaco, en virtud de lo cual el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: Brazilian Research Shows Pictorial Warnings Work

    Thursday, May 28th, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) chose the theme for the 2009 celebration of World No-Tobacco Day on 31 May as “Show the Truth. Picture Warnings Save Lives.”  How is Brazil celebrating the day?  The National Cancer Institute (INCA) released the preliminary results of a study they say shows that picture warnings on cigarette packs are […]

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    SP Anti-Smoking Law Survives Its First Court Challenge

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    What a week for tobacco control in São Paulo state! Last week Governor Serra signed a tough anti-smoking law he requested from the state assembly just nine months ago.  Within days the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel) filed in the Federal Supreme Court (STF) a direct challenge to the law’s constitutionality, together with […]

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    Why Argentina Has Not Yet Ratified the Tobacco Treaty

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    There’s an interesting article today in IPS exploring why Argentina has yet to ratify the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) even though it signed the agreement and the federal executive has repeatedly asked the Senate for the ratification.  In a nutshell, Senators from seven tobacco-growing provinces (Catamarca, Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, Misiones, Salta, […]

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    Venezuela Toughens Cigarette Pack Images

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    Venezuela has just adopted newer, tougher images to be displayed on cigarette packs on a rotating basis.  Manufacturers have until 03 July to deplete their inventories of packs with the old images and switch to only using the new ones. The messages accompanying the images say: “This product is harmful to health and produces addiction”; […]

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