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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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    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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    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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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Bolivia to Introduce Control Bill

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

    On World No-Tobacco Day (31 May) Bolivia’s Health Minister announced that the government is sending a tobacco control framework bill to Congress. Among other things, the bill will ban smoking in enclosed public places, prohibit most advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, and toughen labels and health warnings. The only details yet […]

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    Brazil Decides to Take on Alcohol

    Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week Brazilian authorities published in the official gazette the presidential decree setting out the new National Policy on Alcohol. The policy tackles not only alcohol dependency, but also social problems associated with alcohol consumption such as traffic accidents (drinking and driving) and violence. It was created by an inter-Ministerial […]

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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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    Status of LAC Ratifications of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    Ratified: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
    Signed, but not yet Ratified: Argentina, Cuba, Haiti
    Neither Signed nor Ratified: Dominican Republic

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