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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Restrictions Urged on Cigarette Makers’ Efforts to Lure Women into Smoking Addiction

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Washington, June 2, 2010 (PAHO) - To help protect women from the lethal effects of smoking, countries in the Americas should promptly implement tobacco control measures, including the total prohibition of publicity, promotion, and sponsorship by tobacco companies and protection against exposure to second-hand smoke, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Mirta Roses said today.

Speaking at a special event, “Smoking is Ugly: How the Tobacco Industry Deceives Women,” Dr. Roses urged adoption of the measures in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, noting that eight countries in the Americas are now smoke-free: Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. “Others such as the United States, Argentina, and Brazil have advanced at the level of some states and provinces, and large cities as such as Mexico City, São Paulo, and New York are also now smoke-free.” Countries are termed “smoke-free” if they have legally banned smoking in all workplaces and public spaces.

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