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    A New Image for Chilean Cigarette Packs

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) today issued a decree adding a new health warning message and picture to those that must be displayed on cigarette packs sold in that country on a rotating basis.  As of 12 November, cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must include the image at right on no less than 50% […]

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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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    Uruguay Tightens the Screws on Tobacco

    Monday, June 15th, 2009

    Uruguay’s fairly tough anti-tobacco legislation is already used by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as a model for other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations to emulate.  Just last year they adopted new pack images and messages intended to shock smokers into reconsidering their habit.
    Twelve days ago (03 June) they chose to further trailblaze, […]

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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: Mexico Issues Regulation

    Monday, June 1st, 2009

    How did Mexico’s Health Secretary José Ángel Córdova Villalobos commemorate World No-Tobacco Day in 2009?  He issued the implementing regulation for the 2008 General Law on Tobacco Control (LGCT).  Among other things, the regulation covers the architectural design of nonsmoking areas, the ban on sales of tobacco products to minors, and the presence of health […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: Guatemala Celebrates Entry-into-Force of New Regulation

    Sunday, May 31st, 2009

    Guatemala’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS), with the help of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Guatemalan nongovernmental organization Una Voz Contra el Cáncer (“A Voice Against Cancer”), observed World No Tobacco Day by celebrating the entry into force of the new implementing regulation for […]

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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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    Día Mundial sin Tabaco 09: Los logros y retos en Venezuela

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    Desde el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud y Protección Social (MSPS):
    MIN-SALUD EXHIBIÓ AVANCES Y DESAFÍOS EN CONTROL DEL TABACO
    La celebración del Día Mundial de No Fumar impone la revisión de logros y retos en el control del tabaco, en virtud de lo cual el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud y Protección […]

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    Why Argentina Has Not Yet Ratified the Tobacco Treaty

    Monday, May 11th, 2009

    There’s an interesting article today in IPS exploring why Argentina has yet to ratify the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) even though it signed the agreement and the federal executive has repeatedly asked the Senate for the ratification.  In a nutshell, Senators from seven tobacco-growing provinces (Catamarca, Chaco, Corrientes, Jujuy, Misiones, Salta, […]

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    Venezuela Toughens Cigarette Pack Images

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    Venezuela has just adopted newer, tougher images to be displayed on cigarette packs on a rotating basis.  Manufacturers have until 03 July to deplete their inventories of packs with the old images and switch to only using the new ones.
    The messages accompanying the images say:

    “This product is harmful to health and produces addiction”; “Smoking causes […]

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