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PAHO urges Caribbean to speed up adoption of laws to control tobacco 'epidemic'
WASHINGTON (CMC) -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to speed up the adoption of laws to control the tobacco “epidemic,” saying that, despite progress in the countries of the Americas the epidemic continues to grow.

In a new report, PAHO, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), said applying at least six measures could help prevent one million deaths annually.

The six measures comprise large, graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging that effectively inform consumers.

They include protect young people from aggressive tobacco industry marketing; banning all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; monitor use of tobacco products; protect people from exposure to second-hand smoke; offer help to quit smoking; and raise taxes on tobacco products.

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