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    Latins Recognized for Tobacco Control Efforts

    Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    At the 14th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health (WCTOH) held this week in Mumbai, India, two sets of awards were given this week in international recognition of exemplary tobacco control efforts.  In both sets Latin Americans figured prominently. The first set, announced on 09 March, were the Bloomberg Awards for Global Tobacco Control given […]

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    Keep Children Lean and Active, Prevent Cancer Later in Life / Prevengamos el cáncer promoviendo hoy una infancia activa

    Saturday, February 7th, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): PAHO: “Keep Children Lean and Active, Prevent Cancer Later in Life” World Cancer Day marked with launch of “I love my healthy, active childhood” global campaign Establishing healthy habits early in life—particularly eating well and being active—is critical to lowering cancer rates in adulthood, experts from the Pan […]

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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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    Plan for Establishing Caribbean Public Health Agency Agreed

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM): CARICOM MINISTERS OF HEALTH AGREE ON A PLAN TO ESTABLISH CARPHA Ministers of Health of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have endorsed a plan of action for the transition of the Regional Health Institutions into the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) by 2010. The endorsement was made at the annual Caucus […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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    Passive Smoking Evidence from Entre Rios, Argentina

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    Synopsis in English: You can still find people disputing the health impacts on non-smokers of those smoking around them, but they are a dwindling group. Here is another small study that may give them pause. The Applied Toxicology department of the Bromatology Faculty of the National University of Entre Rios (UNER), tested the urine of […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day: Chile’s “Smoke-Free Classroom” Initiative

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Chile is a good example of a LAC nation that “followed the script” for World No-Tobacco Day 2008. The idea behind the event held every year on 31 May is to focus on the tobacco control theme for the given year chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO); this year that theme […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Colombia Joins Smoke-Free Ranks

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Although the idea behind World No-Tobacco Day, observed each year on 31 May, is to focus on the theme for that given year chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO), not everyone follows the script.  This year Colombia was one such maverick, although perhaps with good reason. Colombia, not one of the […]

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