TC law protects Honduras from tobacco epidemic

23 Feb 2011

Read the full press GSP press release below

21 February 2001: Tegucigalpa, Honduras – Honduras’s national comprehensive tobacco-control law goes into effect today, helping to protect its citizens from tobacco use, one of the world’s deadliest public health epidemics. Global Smokefree Partnership joins international health advocates in congratulating Honduras for enacting the comprehensive law.

This law is an important step forward in implementing the evidence-based measures that have been proven to reduce tobacco use. The law substantially strengthens existing tobacco-control regulations in Honduras with measures including:

•    requiring 100 percent smoke-free environments in all workplaces, including parking lots, public places and public transport;
•    requiring large, rotating pictorial health warnings that cover 80 percent of the front and back of tobacco packaging;
•    prohibiting tobacco advertising, promotions and sponsorship;
•    supporting tobacco cessation programs; and
•    prohibiting the sale of tobacco products to minors.
“Tobacco will kill one billion people worldwide this century if current trends continue. Honduras can provide strong leadership in Latin America and save the lives of thousands of its citizens by implementing these proven measures to reduce tobacco use,” said Alice Grainger Gasser, GSP co-chair

Laura Salgado, president of Promoting Action for Smokefree Environments (in Spanish -Accion para la Promocion de Ambientes Libres de Tabaco-APALTA), also expressed support for the steps taken to protect Hondurans. “Tobacco use is deadly and preventable. By implementing this law, the government of Honduras recognizes the importance of protecting the health of its citizens by aggressively reducing the devastating effects of tobacco. This legislation will help save the lives of thousands of Hondurans and contributes to a greater regional fight against the toll of tobacco.”

With this law, Honduras is contributing to a growing momentum in Latin America for strong tobacco control laws. In Latin America, Honduras joins Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Panama, Mexico, Guatemala, Buenos Aires, nine Argentinean provinces, and seven Brazilian states in having strong smoke-free laws and policies. Honduras also has one of the strongest policies on pictorial warning labels in the region, along with Uruguay.

The law helps Honduras fulfill its obligations under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the ‘s first modern-day international health treaty. The FCTC requires countries that have ratified it to implement scientifically proven measures to reduce tobacco use and its terrible toll in health, lives and money.

In Honduras, 36 percent of males and 11 percent of females smoke. Thirty-five percent of Hondurans begin smoking around nine years of age. Smokers spend approximately 18 percent of their monthly income on cigarettes.

About the GSP

The GSP is a multipartner initiative formed to promote effective smokefree air policies worldwide. The Partnership is hosted by the American Cancer Society and the Framework Convention Alliance.

Partners include Action on Smoking and Health – DC, Action on Smoking and Health London, Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Cancer Research UK, HealthBridge India, International Union Against Cancer, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Institute for Global Tobacco Control, Johnson and Johnson, Pfizer, Promoting Action for Smokefree Environments (APALTA), Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Smokefree Partnership Europe, Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance, World Heart Federation, World Lung Foundation.

For more information contact:    Laura Salgado, (504) 9935- 3408,

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