FIC Argentina Receives World No Tobacco Day Award

31 May 2019

wntdawardficargv2(Buenos Aires, May 31) Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) distinguishes different organizations and individuals with the World No Tobacco Day Award. It is a recognition of the achievements and contributions of entities of the Region of the Americas in tobacco control. This year, FIC Argentina was recognized for its decisive work in the promotion of tobacco control regulations in Argentina. In turn, WHO emphasized that FIC is one of the first tobacco control organizations to adopt a human rights approach to guide its work.

Other award recipients include the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Environment of Antigua and Barbuda; Mr. Gerbert Marcelo Marquelli Canales from El Salvador; Dr. Ana María Lorenzo García, President of the Uruguayan Society of Tabacology; a coalition of seven scientific medical organizations in Colombia and the Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) group in Florida. All have collaborated in advancing the policies and measures contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

"We want to thank the World Health Organization for this important recognition. More than 10 years ago, we worked in the promotion of tobacco control policies aimed at protecting the right to health of our population. This award is a great incentive to continue working in the promotion of policies that prevent and stop the consumption of tobacco in our country, "said Marita Pizarro, Executive Co-Director of FIC Argentina.

Actions of FIC Argentina in World No Tobacco Day
This year, FIC Argentina together with the organizations that make up the Argentine Tobacco Control Coalition (CACTA) prepared a statement, which already has 60 signatories from national and international organizations, to request the Government of Argentina enact a total prohibition of all types of advertising, promotion, sponsorship of tobacco products, including the exhibition of products and also to adopt plain packaging. It is one of the most effective measures to reduce tobacco consumption in the entire population, regardless of educational level and income level.