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Smoking in Argentina

Smoking trends in the general population in Argentina show a significant decline in current tobacco smoking from 41% in 2000 to 22% in 2015, with a further decline to 15% projected by 2025. The rate of projected decline appears to be steep in both men (45% in 2000, 28% in 2015 and a projected further decrease to 21% by 2025); and in women (36% in 2000, 16% in 2015 and a further decrease to 10% by 2025 projected). The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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June 03, 2024 by

Dejemos de evadir las soluciones al tabaquismo

El 30 de mayo, Día Mundial del Vapeo, representa una oportunidad crucial para enfrentar el tabaquismo de manera efectiva. En Argentina, sin embargo, las alternativas al cigarrillo que eliminan la combustión y son menos dañinas están prohibidas. Esto priva a los fumadores de opciones válidas que podrían ayudarles a dejar el hábito, a diferencia de otros países donde estas opciones están disponibles. A nivel mundial, hay 1300 millones de fumadores, 7 millones de ellos en Argentina. Desafortunadamente, la mayoría de ellos no dejará de fumar, lo que resulta en 45.000 muertes anuales en Argentina debido a enfermedades relacionadas con el tabaquismo.

January 19, 2024 by

Embracing Harm Reduction – A Classical Liberal Approach to Public Health in Argentina

Javier Milei’s unexpected triumph in Argentina’s presidential run-off marks a paradigm shift in the country’s political landscape. His commitment to classical liberalism, with an emphasis on the fundamental rights of life, liberty, and property, opens up new possibilities for policy reforms that align with individual freedom and economic growth. One area that demands attention is tobacco control, where embracing harm reduction can not only improve public health, and subsequently public finances, but also demonstrate a pragmatic approach consistent with Milei’s vision for a more prosperous Argentina.

December 14, 2023 by

Argentina Urged to Repeal E-cigarette Ban

The Argentinean vapers’ association, Asovape Argentina, and the World Vapers’ Alliance have sent an open letter Argentina’s recently elected president, Javier Milei, calling for the repeal of the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology Provision 3226/2011 banning the commercialization of e-cigarettes. The provision banned the import, distribution, marketing, advertising and promotion of e-cigarettes. It went into effect May 6, 2011.

October 01, 2020 by

Life as a Criminalized Vapes Dealer in Buenos Aires

I’m visiting Natalia (not her real name) in Buenos Aires. She’s in her 40s, a middle-class university graduate who, like many women in Argentina, started her own business after losing her job. But unlike most, Natalia is considered a criminal by the Argentine government.

That’s because her business is selling vaping products. The government banned in-person and online sales, distribution and importation back in 2011, when ANMAT [...] issued administrative provision number 3226-11. Possible penalties, depending on circumstances, include seizures, fines and even imprisonment.