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The tobacco epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean: A snapshot

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Eduardo Bianco ,

InterAmerican Heart Foundation, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231, US
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Julio Grauert 3219, Montevideo, CP 11600, Uruguay.
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Beatriz Champagne,

InterAmerican Heart Foundation, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231, US
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Joaquin Barnoya

InterAmerican Heart Foundation, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231, US; Unidad de Cirugía Cardiovascular de Guatemala, Ala sur, Clinica No. 3, 6a Ave 8–71 zona 10, Guatemala 01010, GT
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Abstract

The tobacco epidemic continues to spread through Latin America and the Caribbean. Philip Morris and British American Tobacco Company control the market through their subsidiaries. In the past, governments in this region have shown little or no commitment to tobacco control. This, however, has changed in recent years as the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control has been signed by most and ratified by several countries in the region. Non-governmental organizations, sometimes rallied by the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, have played a crucial role in supporting Treaty ratification. Latin America and the Caribbean have the momentum to move forward in tobacco control and also the support to approve the necessary legislation to halt the tobacco epidemic.
How to Cite: Bianco E, Champagne B, Barnoya J. The tobacco epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean: A snapshot. Global Heart. 2005;1(4):311–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.precon.2006.05.001
Published on 01 Dec 2005.

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