5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health

Register online before June 2, 2017 to take advantage of discounted rates to attend the 5th Latin American and Caribbean Conference Tobacco or Health, which will take place on June 13-16, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel in Montevideo, Uruguay. Registration and hotel information can be found at http://www.tobaccoorhealthlac.org . The conference will have simultaneous English-Spanish translation.

'Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean - The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)

The Health Caribbean Coalition is honoured to release this seminal report on 'Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean - The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)'. The JCTC has recorded remarkable and measurable success. It has been a champion for the implementation of the articles under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), successfully advocating for legislation in Jamaica despite considerable tobacco industry interference. Its work has been recognised and applauded both regionally and globally.

We believe this report, and the experiences and lessons learned from the JCTC, will serve as a resource for civil society NCD advocacy for years to come. We hope that it will be used to bring about the enactment of tobacco control legislation by CARICOM countries as called for in the FCTC which has been ratified by almost all CARICOM countries. The need for action by CARICOM countries in this important area of NCD prevention continues to be of critical importance and requires strong and sustained advocacy by civil society organizations. Read the full report here.
Uruguay's victory over the tobacco industry sets a world precedent
July 8, 2016
"We have proven before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes that our country, without violating any treaty, remains committed to our irrevocable commitment to defending the health of its people", said President Tabaré Vázquez.  All of the arguments put forth by the tobacco industry were rejected by an international business arbitration tribunal.  To read more (in Spanish) click here.
La salud no se negocia (3º edición). Niños en la mira de la industria tabacalera. Análisis sobre la publicidad y exhibición de productos de tabaco en los puntos de venta de América mentalhealthdrugs Phentermine Latina como estrategia para atraer a niños, niñas y adolescentes al consumo.

saludnonegocia3oedicionEs un material elaborado a partir del trabajo de las organizaciones de América Latina que forman parte de la iniciativa regional para monitorear y contrarrestar la interferencia de la industria tabacalera en las políticas de salud. Participan del reporte 14 países de América Latina: Chile, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Panamá, Costa Rica, México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Venezuela, Paraguay, Brasil, Uruguay y Argentina.

FCTC Article 14 Tools

A number of resources are now available to help countries implement FCTC Article 14 and its guidelines. The tools are available in English, Spanish and French and can be found at treattobacco.net.

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Every country in the world can afford to support its smokers to stop.
That is the conclusion of a major new review, written by leading world experts and published in the medical journal, Addiction. The review examined a wide range of measures that healthcare systems in different countries can adopt to help smokers to stop. It reviewed how effective they are and how much they cost, and offers a new tool to help governments and healthcare administrators calculate the cost – and affordability1 – of stop smoking treatments.

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Protecting the Health of Jamaicans
Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control
jctclogosmallThe Jamaican Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) reports that Jamaica recently had a needs assessment exercise with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). One of the recommendations was that the Government of Jamaica, in ‎collaboration with civil society, continue to raise awareness of the protection of public health policy from vested interests of the tobacco industry among all government agencies and public officials.

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The Tobacco Atlas 5th Edition

The Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition ("The Atlas"), and its companion website TobaccoAtlas.org, were unveiled on March 18, 2015 by the American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation at the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. The Atlas graphically details the scale of the tobacco epidemic; the harmful influence of tobacco on health, poverty, social justice, and the environment; the progress that has been made in tobacco control; and the latest products and tactics being deployed by the industry to protect its profits and delay and derail tobacco control.
Download a pdf of the Tobacco Atlas, Fifth Edition here.

Tobacco Control Concern in Jamaica

Given the impact of tobacco use on health and social and human development, the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC) has expressed concern with the fact that United Way of Jamaica’s largest donor is a tobacco company, Carreras, (a subsidiary of British American Tobacco). (See article)

The stated vision of United Way is:

 United Way envisions a society where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.”

Accepting funds from this industry against the background of the global impact of tobacco use on health and human and social development; and the subsequent decision by many NGO’s globally not to accept funding from this source is not in keeping with United Way’s vision.

The JCTC also noted that the award was presented to Carreras by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce a violation of WHO FCTC Article 5.3. The Minister’s participation in this event sends the wrong message about tobacco industry collaborating with Government agencies. The JCTC has written to the Minister about the matter, and also United Way of Jamaica regarding this unfortunate situation. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (IAHF Caribbean office) has written to the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) seeking clarification on their position in relation to accepting funds from the tobacco industry. The CVSS is a sister organization of United Way and is an umbrella group for NGO’s in Jamaica. The Heart Foundation of Jamaica along with other health NGO’s are members of the health sector of CVSS.

The JCTC and the HFJ are hopeful that United Way/CVSS will reflect on their policy in relation to accepting funding from the tobacco industry and not accept funds from this source in the future; and that the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce will realize the implications of such interactions as Jamaica endeavours to be fully compliant with the WHO FCTC.

The IAHF will keep you updated. 

Global Bridges and Pfizer IGLC Announce Grant Support for Tobacco Dependence Treatment
Global Bridges Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment, hosted at Mayo Clinic, and Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change (IGLC) are pleased to announce $2.3 million in new grant awards to support tobacco dependence treatment.

These grants represent the first major funding in the area of tobacco dependence treatment in low- and middle-income countries, a need outlined in Article 14 of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. These projects will provide much-needed support in countries where progress in other aspects of tobacco mentalhealthdrugs Hydrocodone control, such as smoke-free policies and tobacco taxation, has generated an increase in demand for quitting assistance.

Pfizer's IGLC team, which is responsible for the company's independent education support programs, received more than 100 proposals representing 64 countries. A Global Bridges expert review panel selected 20 project teams, representing all six WHO regions, to develop and conduct tobacco dependence treatment training programs for health care professionals, and tobacco policy advocacy led by health care professionals.

A list of award recipients and their projects can be found here.

Learning from the projects will be shared on our network website, www.globalbridges.org.
Organizaciones Sociales Lanzan Campaña Regional para Denunciar la Manipulación Publicitaria de la Industria Tabacalera
Organizaciones de la sociedad civil de América Latina lanzan hoy el video "Así se vende veneno" como actividad central de una campaña regional para evidenciar las acciones publicitarias y estrategias de manipulación que utiliza la industria tabacalera para atraer nuevos consumidores, especialmente niñas, niños y jóvenes.

El video "Así se vende veneno" muestra la relación entre la naturaleza tóxica de ciertos productos que se venden en el mercado local y el marketing engañoso de la promoción de los cigarrillos.  El video está disponible para su divulgación en http://bit.ly/1j0Cb80 .

La evidencia científica demuestra que la publicidad de los cigarrillos aumenta el consumo.  La publicidad de la industria tabacalera es muy efectiva en términos de promover la pandemia del tabaquismo; estas acciones incluyen una amplia gama de mensajes engañosos que permiten enganchar a potenciales y nuevos consumidores a la adicción a la nicotina y al tabaquismo, que sigue siendo la principal causa de muerte prevenible en el mundo. En América Latina 1039 personas mueren por día a causa del tabaquismo y más de 33 mil millones de dólares son gastados cada año por los gobiernos nacionales para tratar los problemas de salud provocados por el tabaco.

Cuando la publicidad de los cigarrillos es prohibida en los medios tradicionales de comunicación (televisión, medios impresos, vallas, espectaculares), la industria tabacalera rápidamente traslada sus enormes presupuestos de marketing hacia otros canales de comercialización como son tiendas, kioscos y mercados. Está comprobado que las prohibiciones parciales a la publicidad de los cigarrillos no son efectivas, por lo que se requieren medidas que contemplen una prohibición total que incluya la publicidad, la promoción y la exhibición de estos productos en los puntos de venta, y así prevenir el inicio del consumo en niños, niñas y adolescentes.

El video "Así se vende veneno", atribuye la adicción al tabaco a la industria tabacalera y convoca al apoyo de la opinión pública y medios de comunicación para exigir a los gobiernos marcos regulatorios que contemplen una prohibición total a todas las formas de publicidad, promoción y patrocinio de los productos de tabaco, incluyendo su exhibición,  fortaleciendo y legislando a favor de la implementación de esta política.

Este video fue realizado por la Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón Argentina, Corporate Accountability International Colombia, la Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón México y la Aliança de Controle do Tabagismo de Brasil, con el apoyo de la Campaña para Niños Libres de Tabaco – CFTK.

AGRADECEMOS SU DIFUSIÓN - Herramientas para Difundir la Campaña #AltoALasTabacaleras

Contactos de prensa:

Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón Argentina:
Camila Chidiak +54 9 11 3682 7681 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fundación InterAmericana del Corazón México
Yahaira Ochoa Ortiz +52 55 52080020 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aliança de Controle do Tabagismo de Brasil
Anna Monteiro: + 55‐21‐ 99718‐2349 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Corporate Accountability International Colombia
Andrés De La Cuadra: +57 3125302627 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visite nuestros sitios Web:

FIC Argentina - www.ficargentina.org / FIC México - www.ficmexico.org / Corporate Accountability International - www.stopcorporateabuse.org / ACT - www.actbr.org.br
1307224thlaclogo4th Latin American and Caribbean
Conference on Tobacco or Health
San José, Costa Rica
26–28 March 2014

Organized by the Costa Rican Ministry of Health and InterAmerican Heart Foundation (IAHF). This Conference brought together tobacco control scientists, treatment specialists and policy advocates. Conference website: www.tobaccoorhealthlac.org   Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/tabacoOsaludLAC .

1.  Registrations
Almost 350 participants from 24 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Jordan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, 4thLACFinalReport1Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Uruguay, USA.

2.  Pan American Health Organization Sponsorship
PAHO Director General Dr Carissa Etienne provided sponsorship for the conference allowing for support of PAHO offices and experts.

3.  Plenary Sessions
The 5 plenaries varied in format but generally consisted of a world-renowned major speaker and experts from Latin America and the Caribbean that provided local science, experience and dire4thLACFinalReport2ction for the region:

Advances and challenges of tobacco control in Latin America and the Caribbean
Challenges of developing tobacco dependence treatment in Latin America and the Caribbean
Advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products:  new tobacco industry strategies
Tobacco industry interference: civil society counter-strategies
Advances, challenges and obstacles to raise tobacco taxes in Latin America and the Caribbean

4thLACFinalReport34.  Concurrent Sessions
12 concurrent sessions:

Packaging and labeling of tobacco products: lessons learned
Monitoring the epidemic and simulation models to evaluate and promote tobacco control
Tobacco and gender
Implementing cessation support in Latin America and the Caribbean: issues and strategies two sessions)
Tobacco control research priorities
Strategic litigation, legal strategies and building legal capacity
4thLACFinalReport4Electronic cigarettes, other new products and product regulation
Innovative communication strategies
Tobacco and human rights, including tobacco farming
Illicit trade: key barrier to tobacco taxation
Challenges in implementing smokefree environments

4thLACFinalReport55.  Speakers and Chairs
Mariela Alderete, Monica Andreis, Erick Antonio Ochoa, Edna Arillo Santillán, Carmen Barco, Joaquín Barnoya, Mahua Becerril, Eduardo Bianco, Jo Birckmayer, Adriana Blanco, Oscar Cabrera, Roberta Caixeta, Juan Carballo, Adriana Carvalho, Valeska Carvalho Figueiredo, Roberto Castro Córdoba, Claudia Cedillo, Beatriz Champagne, Deborah Chen,  Eduardo del Castillo, John Colledge, Sonia Covarrubias, Dardo Curti, Isabel Díaz Medina, Yul Francisco Dorado, Carolyn Dresler, Silvina Echarte, Elba Esteves, Carlos Farias, Jorge Luis Gaona, Yvonne García Richaud, Stanton Glantz, Thomas J. Glynn, Jesús Felipe González Roldán, Martín González Rozada, Daniela Guedes, Karen Gutierrez, Patricia Gutkowski, Greg Hallen, Richard Hurt, Roberto Iglesias, Paula Johns,  Annette Kaufman, Katie Kemper, Jonatan Konfino, Harry Lando, David Levy, Marcelo Marquelli, Barbara McGaw, Hugo Noboa, Juan Nuñez Guadarrama, Francisco Oliveira, Marty Otañez,  Cristina Perez, Marita Pizarro, Dennis Rada, Alejandro Ramos, Martin Raw, Luz Myriam Reynales Shigamatsu, Belen Ríos, María Félix Rivera, Reina Roa, Ernesto Ruíz, Alor Ruíz Hernández,  Belén Sáenz de Miera, Javier Saimovici, Laura Salgado, Luis Eduardo Sandí Esquivel, Rosa Sandoval, Susana Saravia Calderón, Isabel Scarinci, Verónica Schoj, Ernesto Sebrié, Yang Song, Gustavo Sóñora Parodi, Patricia Sosa, Andre Szklo,  Ana Tambussi, James Thrasher,  Verónica Quelal, María Teresa Valenzuela, Hugo Vallarino, Gustavo Zabert, Anton Zamora Ilarionov.

4thLACFinalReport66.  Authorities
Costa Rica Minister of Health Dr. Daisy Corrales, Vice Minister of Health Cesar Gamboa and key leaders from the Costa Rican Finance Ministry and Customs Administration. Deans of several schools of Public Health from Central America. Congress President: Beatriz Champagne, Co-President: Roberto Castro Córdoba, Scientific Committee Chair: Jim Thrasher, Scientific Committee Vice Chair: Verónica Schoj.  Poster session organizers: Luz Myriam Reynales Shigamatsu and Verónica Schoj.

7.  Posters
84 posters were accepted for presentation; two received the SRNT best science award and one received the best policy award.

4thLACFinalReport78.  Awards
The InterAmerican Heart Foundation presented awards for outstanding achievements in tobacco control to the Ministries of Health and civil society of Chile, Jamaica and Panama; and an award to the Ministry of Health of Suriname. Awards were art pieces from a Costa Rican artist. Also presented a best policy poster award to a team from Argentina.

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids presented awards to the Costa Rica Ministry of Health and the main civil society organization RENATA.

The Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco presented two awards to the best science posters from teams of researchers from Argentina and Mexico.

9.  Exhibitors
Ministry of Health Costa Rica, Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia (IAFA), RENATA, InterAmerican Heart Foundation, Global Bridges, FIC Argentina and FIC Mexico.

10.  Ancillary Meetings
4thLACFinalReport9Preconference Legal Workshop, organized by CTFK
Preconference Workshop I:  Tobacco Taxation, organized by CTFK, IDRC and PAHO
Preconference Workshop II:  Communication Strategies for Tobacco Control for advocates, researchers and government officials, organized by CODICE, FIC Argentina and The Union
Preconference Workshop III: Strengthening Tobacco Control Research, organized by SRNT, CDC and NCI
Preconference Workshop IV:  Tobacco Dependence Treatment, organized by Global Bridges
Preconference Workshop V:  Strengthening Compliance with Smokefree Policies
Movie night: presentation of  recent releases of movies, videos and spots on various tobacco control subjects

4thLACFinalReport1011.  Social Exchanges
Inaugural reception and closing reception at the conference center. Attractive, re-usable conference bags made of ecological Costa Rican hemp.

12.  Sponsors

Local:  Red Nacional Antitabaco (RENATA), Instituto sobre Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia (IAFA), Escuela de Salud Pública de la Universidad de Costa Rica.  Institutional:  American Cancer Society (ACS), Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK), CDC Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), technical sponsor, Global Bridges, Global Smoke-free Worksite Challenge, International Development Research Center (IDRC), Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI), S4thLACFinalReport11ociety for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT), Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Supporters:  ACT Brasil, Alianza Libre de Humo Argentina (ALIAR), American Heart Association (AHA), Andean Coalition for Tobacco Control, Center for Research on the Tobacco Epidemic (CIET), CODICE, Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), Healthy Latin America Coalition (HLAC), InterAmerican Heart Foundation Argentina (FIC Argentina), InterAmerican Heart Foundation Mexico (FIC Mexico), International Network of Women against Tobacco (INWAT), Interamerican Society of Cardiology (IASC), International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), National Institute of Public Health México (INSP), World Heart Federation (WHF). Corporate:  Prides