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  • Colombia’s Surprising New Tobacco Control Law

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    Colombia has just passed a law on tobacco that is, well, surpising, given the language of the original bill and how strongly the industry lobby fought against against any amendments to toughen it. Among other things, the new law: bans sales to minors of any tobacco product, and requires vendors to check for proof of […]

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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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    World No-Tobacco Day in LAC: Panama Hunts Smoke

    Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Panama’s Health Ministry (Minsa) celebrated World No Tobacco Day (31 May) by re-launching “Operation Smoke Hunt,” the evening checks of nightspots — including bars, hotels, restaurants, discotheques and casinos — to make certain that they are complying with the 2005 Decree requiring them to provide separate areas for smokers and non-smokers. In […]

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    Support for Uruguay’s Tough Tobacco Controls / Apoyo Ciudadano para las Medidas Contra Tabaquismo en Uruguay

    Sunday, January 21st, 2007

    An Unusual Survey/Una Encuesta Distinta In December the Public Health Ministry (Ministerio de Salud Pública – MSP) of Uruguay released the results of a survey regarding public attitudes about tobacco issues and the 2005 decree on smoking in enclosed public places such as bars, restaurants, schools, discotheques, shopping malls, casinos, etc. (only in effect since […]

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