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    Brazil to Build Tobacco Testing Lab for Latin America / Brasil vai construir laboratório

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) announced today that in 2010 it will construct a Control Laboratory for Tobacco-Derived Products on Ilha do Fundão, the artifical island home to “University City” and the Federal University of RJ (UFRJ) in the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro.
    The R$8 million Laboratory will be the reference center for Latin […]

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    A New Image for Chilean Cigarette Packs

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) today issued a decree adding a new health warning message and picture to those that must be displayed on cigarette packs sold in that country on a rotating basis.  As of 12 November, cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must include the image at right on no less than 50% […]

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    Uruguay Tightens the Screws on Tobacco

    Monday, June 15th, 2009

    Uruguay’s fairly tough anti-tobacco legislation is already used by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as a model for other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations to emulate.  Just last year they adopted new pack images and messages intended to shock smokers into reconsidering their habit.
    Twelve days ago (03 June) they chose to further trailblaze, […]

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    Cigarette Pack Images in Venezuela

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    I have been pleasantly surprised by how much interest readers have shown in the posts about the new cigarette pack images adopted by Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.  So I thought I would add another post showing the images currently used in Venezuela, some of which I find reminiscent of those in Brazil or Uruguay.  (Wonder […]

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    New Cigarette Health Warnings/Images in Chile

    Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

    A couple of weeks back Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) announced a new warning that, according to a new decree just published in the official gazette, all cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must bear starting on 16 November.
    Chile, it appears, has decided to forgo the shock treatment approach that Brazil and Uruguay have adopted.  […]

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    New Tough Pack Images for Cigarettes in Uruguay

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008

    At the end of August the Public Health Ministry (MSP) of Uruguay ordered five new images and accompanying text which must be placed on packaging of cigarettes.  The image must occupy 50% of one of the two main faces of the pack, the accompanying text, 50% of the other main face.  Manufacturers of cigarettes must […]

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    Catamarca & Mendoza Gain New Anti-Tobacco Laws

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Two more Argentine provinces recently passed tobacco control laws, bringing to five the number of provinces (added to Córdoba, Santa Fe and Tucumán) plus the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) that have adopted tough "smoke-free environment" laws, and leading many Argentines to question why the national legislature remains unable to do the same.
    After months […]

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    Trends in Adult Smoking in Mexico

    Monday, September 24th, 2007

    A recent article* published in Salud pública de México, the magazine of Mexico's National Institute of Public Health (INSP) examines trends in four key smoking indicators in Mexico, as revealed through its National Addiction Surveys (MNAS) conducted in 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2002. The author argues that, even though the data do not fit well […]

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    Assessment of Non-communicable Chronic Disease in Uruguay / Diagnóstico de las enfermedades crónicas no transmisibles en Uruguay

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    Recently Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) released the results of its survey into its population’s chief risk factors for non-communicable chronic disease (NCD). The major NCD categories are cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancers (“malignant neoplasms”), chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.
    NCDs constitute 70% of deaths in Uruguay (33.8% CVD, 22.6% malignant neoplasms). […]

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    Cardiovascular Disease in LAC Revisited

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Fellow bloggers, has this ever happened to you? You run across an important piece of news — a breakthrough study just released, for example — and are tempted to simply cut-and-paste into your blog the Reuters or other news blurb, or a related press release, or you’re tempted to make a “quick-and-dirty” post making […]

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