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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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    Alcohol Consumption in Brazil IV: Drinking-Related Problems; Policy Responses

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    At end-2005, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) resolved to undertake a regional effort to combat alcohol consumption under the guidance of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As they do, they’ll likely study the efforts of Brazil to take the lead on the issue. This past spring Brazil adopted a national policy and not […]

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    Peru Launches Anti-tobacco Program

    Friday, August 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: With much fanfare but few concrete details, Peru’s Health Ministry (MINSA) recently launched a five-year “National Plan to Combat Tobacco Addiction.” According to Health Minister Dr. Carlos Vallejos Sologuren, currently in Peru there are as many as 3.8 million smokers; 60.5% have tried tobacco smoking at least once in their life; the […]

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