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  • Trinidad and Tobago Takes the Caribbean Lead in Tobacco Control

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    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 […]

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    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) […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: CARICOM Agrees to Ban Smoking in Public Spaces

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat:
    CARICOM HEALTH MINISTERS AGREE TO CURB SMOKING IN PUBLIC SPACES
    The Caucus of Ministers of Health have endorsed a recommendation for the banning of smoking on public spaces as a public good and regional goal, as the Region intensifies its efforts to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), under the Port of Spain […]

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    RIACT Focuses on Smoke-Free Environments

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    Recently the Ibero-American Tobacco Control Network (Rede Ibero-Americana de Controle do Tabagismo – RIACT) held in Rio de Janerio its first full-fledged meeting since its creation in 2007. Attending the two-day meeting were representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  The […]

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    SP Governor Proposes Very Tough Smoking Ban

    Thursday, September 4th, 2008

    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 […]

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    Cancer Agency: Smoke-Free Policies Work

    Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

    From the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):
    SMOKE-FREE POLICIES EFFECTIVE, SAYS INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER
    Smoke-free policies reduce the exposure of both adults and children, reduce the prevalence of smoking in adults and reduce the risk of heart disease related to smoke exposure. A resulting reduction in the lung cancer burden may well […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Puerto Rico Celebrates Fewer Smokers

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

    Puerto Rico observed World No-Tobacco Day (31 May) by recognizing the anti-tobacco work of a mayor and by celebrating a drop in smoking prevalence on the island.

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Argentina Targets Homes and Cars

    Friday, June 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: How did Argentina celebrate World No-Tobacco Day? Besides events emphasizing kids (including the release of balloons in the national colors in a busy downtown Buenos Aires intersection – see picture), Health Minister Ginés González García announced the official launch of a new component to the National Tobacco Control Strategy entitled “Homes […]

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    WHO Issues Policy Recommendations on Secondhand Smoke

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of policy recommendations to governments on secondhand smoke (SHS) as part of the run-up to World No-Tobacco Day (31 May). The recommendations are intended as guidelines for national measures to protect the health of workers and non-smokers by making all indoor public places and workplaces […]

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    WHO Calls for Combatting Occupational Cancers

    Sunday, April 29th, 2007

    Yesterday was World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Although the WHO press release reproduced below has a global scope, its message is very relevant for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). There are still some LAC nations that do not have comprehensive occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation, some which have […]

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