The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Celebrating 10 years of smoke-free Uruguay

Cigarettes and ingredients at a meeting of the WHO FCTC tobacco control treaty in Uruguay, 2010.

By Dr Eduardo Bianco*

Uruguay is celebrating 10 years as a smoke-free (SF) country in 2016. When it banned smoking in public spaces and workplaces a decade ago, it became the first county in the Americas, and only the fourth in the world, to do so.

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

The first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control was launched in Brazil on 1 April.