The board of the National Council for Tobacco-Free Health was reinstated in coordination with public entities, universities, and non-governmental organizations.
In order to reactivate all activities that help to control tobacco use, this Thursday was carried out the reinstatement of the National Council for Tobacco-free Health in Panama.
The Ministry of Health (Minsa
) reported that the National Council for Tobacco-free Health involves 19 government institutions and the commission's objective is to fight against tobacco consumption, create new regulations and implement programs for the prevention of tobacco control.
It details that this National Council was created through Executive Decree 178 , and was reinstated today in coordination with public entities, universities and non-governmental organizations, in an act that took place today in the Minsa
“We are setting up this working commission to reactivate all the activities that help us control tobacco use. Statistics indicate that 8 million people die annually from tobacco use in the world and 1.2 die from direct effects of smoke. million ”, indicated the Vice Minister of Health, Ivette Berrío.
On the other hand, Arnulfo Díaz de León, member of the Health and Social Work Commission of the National Assembly, indicated that they will proceed to review all the articles for the conformation and adaptation of some important laws, to establish the actions aimed at reducing the consumption of tobacco.
Meanwhile, the coordinator of the National Commission for Tobacco Control, Reina Roa, called on smokers “to stop smoking because there is no healthy tobacco product, tobacco products cause disease, disability and death, and those who they do not smoke that they do not start the consumption of these products, it begins as a social habit and becomes an addition.”