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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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    World No-Tobacco Day 2008 in LAC: PAHO Honors Those Making a Difference

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): World No Tobacco Day 2008 Observed with Awards in the Americas World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world’s […]

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    WHO Calls for Complete Tobacco Ad Ban

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    It was only a matter of time. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have long expressed the belief that one of the most effective tools in decreasing tobacco consumption is a a complete ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and bands. They wanted it in the Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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    If You Can’t Find It Here, You May Not Find It

    Friday, February 1st, 2008

    Quite a few Temas Blog readers noticed the absence of new posts for several weeks. I was fully occupied with work day-and-night on the final stages of the total revamp and re-launch of my main site, temasactuales.com Although work continues on the Spanish and Portuguese versions (coming soon!), the burden has lightened enough that I […]

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    Catamarca & Mendoza Gain New Anti-Tobacco Laws

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    Two more Argentine provinces recently passed tobacco control laws, bringing to five the number of provinces (added to Córdoba, Santa Fe and Tucumán) plus the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) that have adopted tough "smoke-free environment" laws, and leading many Argentines to question why the national legislature remains unable to do the same. After […]

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    The Cost of Argentina’s Missing National Tobacco Control Law

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    I started this one some months ago when the study results were presented in PAHO’s technical journal. I have nearly erased or replaced it several times since, thinking that Congress would finally break the logjam and make this analysis…well…moot. They haven’t yet — the latest attempt last week crashed and burned. But perhaps if more […]

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    Helping Poor Countries Deal with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Last month the World Bank issued an interesting report on chronic non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung or kidney disease, which I am adding to the Temas Recommended Reading List section on health. Perhaps by now you’re thinking that I have some sort of obsession about NCDs, since […]

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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: Bolivia to Introduce Control Bill

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007

    On World No-Tobacco Day (31 May) Bolivia’s Health Minister announced that the government is sending a tobacco control framework bill to Congress. Among other things, the bill will ban smoking in enclosed public places, prohibit most advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, and toughen labels and health warnings. The only details yet to be […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Touting Uruguay’s Example

    Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

    As part of its package of materials for World No-Tobacco Day (31 May), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) released a nine-minute video (in Spanish) produced by it and Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MSP) featuring Uruguay’s Public Health Minister, Dr. María Julia Muñoz. The video discusses Uruguay’s successful set of decrees making all enclosed […]

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