The push for smoke-free environments continues to march across Brazilian states — how long before federal legislators decide to extend such protections nationwide?
Today the governors of the southern state of Paraná (PR) and the western state of Amazonas (AM) signed new tobacco control laws, joining Ceará (CE), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and São Paulo (SP) [...]
Today Ceará (CE) became the latest Brazilian state (after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) to severely restrict smoking in public areas. The governor signed a law that prohibits smoking any product, whether derived from tobacco or not, in “collective enclosures” except in segregated areas that have a physical barrier separating them from nonsmokers with [...]
The Governor of Brazil’s Federal District (DF) just signed a law that would require all the cinemas in the DF to exhibit “educative campaigns on the preservation, conservation, restoration and improvement of the environment” before showing films.
The campaigns are to be produced and supplied by the DF’s agencies responsible for the preservation, conservation, restoration and [...]
If you’ve ever been to Rio de Janeiro (RJ), you know that it’s not exactly a nonsmoker’s paradise. Despite all the health warnings and studies issued over the years, quite a bit of smoking still occurs in public places within the state.
Not for much longer.
Or at least that’s the stated legislative intent of the measure [...]
Trinidad and Tobago’s Health Minister presented a pretty tough tobacco control bill in Parliament the other day, and seems confident it will emerge as a law in just a few months with little watering down. It appears that Trinidad and Tobago will take the lead in CARICOM’s recent pledge to ban smoking in public places [...]
Colombia has just passed a law on tobacco that is, well, surpising, given the language of the original bill and how strongly the industry lobby fought against against any amendments to toughen it.
Among other things, the new law:
bans sales to minors of any tobacco product, and requires vendors to check for proof of age;
bans placement [...]
On August 28 — Brazil’s National Day to Combat Tobacco — José Serra, the Governor of the state with the biggest market in the nation, São Paulo, sent to the state legislature a bill would ban smoking in areas of collective use, whether public or private. The bill looks to be one of the toughest [...]
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 [...]