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  • São Paulo to Ban 14 Pesticides?

    Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

    I’ve mentioned in the past that Brazilian states sometimes get impatient waiting for the federal government to act on environmental issues and elect to take their own action, which eventually prods the feds into action (sometimes because industry complains about conflicting state rules on the same subject). It looks that may be about to […]

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    ANVISA Proposes Ban on Endosulfan, Partial Ban on Acephate

    Friday, September 4th, 2009

    Following up on its review of 12 pesticides banned or severely restricted in other nations, Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) is proposing a ban on the use in that country of the active ingredient endosulfan in pesticides used in growing cotton, cocoa, coffee, sugarcane and soybeans.   The proposal, released for public comment today, also […]

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    Brazil Bans Electronic Cigarettes

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

    It looks like Brazilian authorities have concluded that the World Health Organization (WHO) is right about this product and its promotion.
    The National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) just announced a ban on the trade within, and import into, Brazil of  electronic smoking devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, e-ciggy and e-cigar, among other monikers.  The ban particularly targets […]

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    Rio Bans Pigmented PET Packaging

    Thursday, August 28th, 2008

    Last month something a bit astonishing happened quietly in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro.  The state Governor, Sérgio Cabral, signed into law a very short bill.  The new Law outlaws the manufacture or sale in the state of pigmented PET packaging.
    The rationale?  Such packaging is not accepted for recycling by either waste-pickers (catadores) […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day 2008 in LAC: PAHO Honors Those Making a Difference

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    World No Tobacco Day 2008 Observed with Awards in the Americas
    World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world’s 1.8 billion young […]

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    WHO Calls for Complete Tobacco Ad Ban

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    It was only a matter of time. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have long expressed the belief that one of the most effective tools in decreasing tobacco consumption is a a complete ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and bands. They wanted it in the Framework […]

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    Brazil Wants CFCs Out of Inhalers

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil's National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) just published a portaria (an administrative regulation) that will ban, as of 01 January 2008, the production and import of medicines in metered dose inhalers (MDIs) that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as propellent. Anvisa is asking for public comment on the measure [Temas Observation: Interesting how Anvisa […]

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    The Cost of Argentina’s Missing National Tobacco Control Law

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    I started this one some months ago when the study results were presented in PAHO’s technical journal. I have nearly erased or replaced it several times since, thinking that Congress would finally break the logjam and make this analysis…well…moot. They haven’t yet — the latest attempt last week crashed and burned.

    But perhaps if […]

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    Do Tobacco Ad Bans Reduce Smoking Among Youth? Results of a Brazilian Study

    Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

    In the most recent print edition of the international scientific journal Addictive Behaviors is an article* by researchers at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) about the impact of advertising on the smoking behavior of Brazilian youth aged 11-18. [An electronic version of the article was posted in November.] Although the researchers […]

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