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    More Brazilian States Opt for Smoke-Free Environments

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

    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) [...]

    Ceará Limits Public Smoking

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

    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 [...]

    A Smokeless Rio?

    Monday, August 17th, 2009

    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 [...]

    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) [...]

    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 [...]

    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Panama Hunts Smoke

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Panama’s Health Ministry (Minsa) celebrated World No Tobacco Day (31 May) by re-launching “Operation Smoke Hunt,” the evening checks of nightspots — including bars, hotels, restaurants, discotheques and casinos — to make certain that they are complying with the 2005 Decree requiring them to provide separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. [...]