Thursday, June 2, 2011

Argentina .- The Chamber of Deputies approved a law banning smoking in enclosed public places

BUENOS AIRES, 2 Jun. The Chamber of Deputies of Argentina approved a law Wednesday that bans smoking in enclosed public places and establishes the requirement that cigarette packages warning about the dangers of snuff for health, among other measures. Under this law, in August last year passed the Senate with only one dissenting vote and on Wednesday received the support of 182 MPs - plus one vote against and one abstention - can only be smoking in homes and outdoor spaces.

In Argentina, the snuff kills 40,000 people a year. The new rule prevents the advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities of tobacco companies and requires manufacturers to include in the package images and messages about the harmful effects of snuff - such as "Smoking causes cancer" - and toll-free number they can call smokers who want to remain so.

Neither was able to sell, display, distribute and promote snuff products made in public or private schools, hospitals, offices and public buildings, public transportation, museums, clubs and entertainment venues such as cinemas, theaters and stadiums. It will also not use words such as "light", "soft" or "others believe the false impression that a snuff product is less harmful than other" snuff supply under 18 years and unit sales.

Also limit the amount of nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide may contain cigarettes. Penalty for failure to comply with the law on smoke-free places or advertising that encourages consumption, it may impose heavy fines apply not fall on the smoker, but on the owner of the place where a person had smoked.

The value of the fine will be "equivalent to the retail price of 250 to one million packets of cigarettes of the highest priced market in the country." During the debate of the legislation, members of different blocks and many similar speeches recalled how companies and tobacco farmers were being impeded from 1966 to the adoption of rules governing the snuff.

Paula Bertol, Member of the Alliance Proposal Republican and one of the promoters of the initiative said, "is a holiday for public health" and that the new law saves lives. " "It is the result of a work that took more than twenty years," he said. The coordinator of the NGO Alliance Smoke Free Argentina, VerĂ³nica Schoj, said, "is a historic day." In his view, "the standard has been highly effective in other countries and not stigmatize the smoker, but to help you quit" smoking.

In Latin America there are seven non smoking, Uruguay, Panama, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Honduras and Venezuela. Also the major tobacco companies have endorsed the initiative because they believe that the industry needed a regulatory framework.

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