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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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    MERCOSUR Tackles Tobacco Advertising

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    At their Ministerial concluded today, the Health Ministers of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) nations  (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus Venezuela once Brazil and Paraguay ratify the Protocol of Adhesion regarding its membership) plus MERCOSUR associate member Chile reached an agreement [MERCOSUR/RMS/Acuerdo No. 01/09] committing themselves to cooperating toward the elimination of […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: PAHO Calls for All LAC Nations to Adopt Pictorial Warnings

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Calls for Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Packaging

    Countries urged to follow the lead of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela

    Graphic images depicting the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use should be mandatory on packaging for all tobacco products, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today on […]

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    DR Authority Criticizes Deceptive Advertising by Stores

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    When you move to a new country, you immediately start noticing how it differs from your former home.  Differences that perhaps you knew about intellectually and maybe even noticed in visits before you moved, but they just did not truly sink in before you were actually confronted by them in daily life.  When my family […]

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    OMS: tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol son principales amenazas para la salud humana

    Saturday, February 28th, 2009

    Desde la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS):
    Tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol: principales amenazas para la salud humana

    Expertos enfatizan necesidad de una mejor coordinación para maximizar los alcances en salud

    La modificación de cuatro principales factores conductuales de riesgo -consumo de tabaco, dieta malsana, inactividad física y consumo nocivo de alcohol- podría prevenir […]

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    São Paulo Study Shows Passive Smokers with Elevated CO Levels

    Friday, February 20th, 2009

    A recent study conducted by São Paulo State (SP) Secretary of Health (SES) found that 35.9% of non-smokers regularly exposed to tobacco smoke have carbon monoxide levels in them comparable to those found in smokers.
    The study looked at 1,310 persons during smoking prevention actions promoted by SES during 2008 in open-air environments, such as high-traffic […]

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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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    OMS urge Ratificación del Convenio Marco para el Control del Tabaco

    Friday, October 3rd, 2008

    Desde la la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS):
    OMS urge Ratificación del Convenio Marco para el Control del Tabaco
    La Directora General de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), Dra. Margaret Chan, urgió a los países de las Américas que ratifiquen el Convenio Marco Para el Control de Tabaco, un instrumento mundial diseñado para […]

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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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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Valley of Mexico

    Monday, September 22nd, 2008

    Earlier this year the City of Mexico released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2006 in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico (Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México – ZMVM) to accompany its new plan of action on climate change (something I’ll cover separately in a forthcoming blog entry).   I found […]

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