Smoking: Banned By the Brazilian Government

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With the growing problems that smoking have caused the world, many government states and even health related organizations are continuing to forward their cause of banning smoking in various places. Most especially in places considered to be flocked by the general public. These actions were based on the proven facts and findings of many researchers which associate smoking as a major contributory factor in the development of certain diseases– which can affect the general population and causing a great deal of discomfort and burden.

Aside from the idea that smoking can actually initiate the development of various diseases, smoking is also linked to the growing problem on air pollution which affects the globe at large. Problems on global warming are now felt by many countries and necessary actions must take place in order to prevent further damage.

Recently,  another move in order to make necessary solutions to the increasing problem that is brought about by smoking has been forwarded by the Brazilian government by signing a law which actually banned smoking in all enclosed public areas nationwide.

This move by the Brazilian government made its country as the first largest country in the world to have a step forward in banning smoking in an attempt to have a smoke free country. This is due to the fact that Brazil has a large number of populations, and most of the adults in this country tantamount to about 17 per cent are considered smokers. In addition, according to official statistics, smoking in the country has brought health detriment which afflicts many individuals causing increase in the number of people who are getting sick. In fact, figures showed that about 200,000 of Brazilians are dying due to smoking every year.

The banning of smoking in enclosed public areas was brought about by the amendment of the present law in Brazil dated 1996 which allowed smokers to light up their cigarettes in open and ventilated areas only. Also, this new policy has already been observed and regulated among the various areas in Brazil such as the like Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Parana where the local government legislatures have also passed laws which are in line with the health issue of smoking.

Moreover, the new law that was signed by President Dilma Rousseff included not only the banning of smoking in all enclosed public areas, but also includes increasing the taxes of tobacco, mandate to a more extensive cigarette packs which relay information to the public about the health warnings on smoking and banning of tobacco advertising at point of scale.





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