The Dominican Republic demands 100% smoke free environments
One quarter of deaths due to second-hand smoke are in children.

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

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Tobacco Companies Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in LAC
Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products that appeal to kids.

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

Best practices of the JCTC and other Caribbean civil society organization in the implementation of tobacco control measures within the region.

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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

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.