Infartos bajan casi 8% al año tras implementación de Ley de Tabaco

Expertos de la U. de Chile y el MIT publicaron estudio que revela reducción de casos desde 2013. Prohibición de fumar en espacios cerrados fue clave según investigación.  Una de las medidas que incorporó la Ley de Tabaco de 2013 fue la prohibición de fumar en espacios cerrados accesibles al público. Para conocer el impacto de esta norma, investigadores de la U. de Chile y del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) analizaron la evolución de los ataques cardíacos antes y después de la entrada en vigencia de la normativa, en 2013.

Los expertos concluyeron que los infartos se redujeron 7,8% al año, lo que equivale a unos 764 casos menos en el mismo periodo, según detallan en su estudio publicado en el Boletín de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS).  Vea el reporte completo en

Tobacco Companies Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in LAC
Statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids - Jun. 15 2017

Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products, like menthol, mint and fruit, that appeal to kids throughout Latin America. In many cases they are selling them near schools, according to a new study released today by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While total cigarette sales are declining in Latin America, sales of flavored cigarettes are climbing. Most of the flavored cigarettes observed are sold by large, multinational tobacco companies such as Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International.

This study shows that as Latin American countries have stepped up their efforts to reduce tobacco use in recent years, tobacco companies are finding new ways to target children and undermine the region's progress. Despite their claims to the contrary, big tobacco companies like Philip Morris, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco continue to engage in harmful marketing practices that lure kids into this deadly addiction.

WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017
Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies

The "WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2017 tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it. The report focuses on monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies and includes in-depth analyses of monitoring capacity of WHO Member States, allowing a detailed understanding of progress and future challenges in this area.

'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

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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, 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,