Colombia - New tobacco-control measures come into effect

Some requirements of the anti-tobacco law approved by the Congress in June 2009 have entered into effect as of July 21. The new measures include a ban on all forms of tobacco-product advertising, promotion and sponsorship, as well as sales of cigarettes in packets of fewer than 10. Under the law, six new health warnings and pictograms must also appear on cigarette packets.

More information can be obtained from: Lenis Urquijo Enrique Velasquez, Director General of Public Health, Ministry of Social Protection (lurquijo@minproteccionsocial.gov.co).

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