According to foreign reports, the president of Paraguay approved Decree No. 4624 on December 29, allowing the consumption of cigarettes, heated non combustible or electronic tobacco products only in non crowded open-air public places, which are not transit areas for non-smokers.
Pan American Health Organization director card carissaf.Etienne "This is a great achievement for the people of Paraguay," he said in a statement. The state has taken a huge step towards protecting citizens from the devastating health, social, environmental and economic consequences of smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke. "
Following Paraguay's recent ban on public smoking, all South American countries have comprehensive smoke-free laws.
Adriana Blanco, head of the WHO Framework Convention on tobacco control (FCTC) Secretariat, said: "this is a great moment not only for the health of the people of Paraguay, but also for the entire South American region. The act of Paraguay creates a subregion of the Americas that is completely free of tobacco smoke. "
According to the smoke-free children's movement, about 430 million people are now legally protected from smoking in public places and workplaces. These laws also prohibit designated smoking areas.
This progress is the result of years of commitment and action by South American political leaders and civil society groups to meet their obligations under the Framework Convention on tobacco control.
When the Framework Convention on tobacco control came into force more than 15 years ago, only one country in South America, Uruguay, provided extensive second-hand smoke protection for its citizens.