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Bloomberg Initiative Update: Brazil Goes Smoke-Free 

Jump to full article: Mike Bloomberg.com, 2011-12-15


"Today the Brazilian government has taken historic action to protect the health of nearly 190 million citizens by enacting a comprehensive tobacco control law. Since the Bloomberg Initiative began five-years ago 21 countries have passed laws that allow their citizens to breathe air free from harmful tobacco smoke and move toward a healthier future. We welcome Brazil to this group of countries, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will continue to work with our partners to ensure more citizens in more countries around the world will breathe more freely."

Dr. Kelly Henning, who leads public health initiatives for Bloomberg Philanthropies, had this to say:

"We congratulate President Dilma Rousseff and the Brazilian government for signing into law today a number of measures that will protect Brazil's citizens from the deadly harms of tobacco use. Most notably, the law prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places, including workplaces, making Brazil the most populated country in the world to enact a comprehensive smoke-free law. In addition, the law bans tobacco advertising at the point-of-sale and increases the tax on tobacco products. This action will prevent countless premature deaths in Brazil. Bloomberg Philanthropies is honored to have had the opportunity to support the excellent work of the Brazilian Ministry of Health through our international partners and country-based organizations."

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