The Ministry of Health (Minsa) held the International Multidisciplinary Congress II on Smoking and Non-Communicable Diseases, to promote prevention of tobacco use in the population.
Through this activity, Minsa reflected on the training of collaborators, a thousand technicians and three hundred administrative staff, "to increase the knowledge and skills of health workers for comprehensive management of smoking, prevention and control," as shown in a press release. .
To raise awareness through continuing education aimed at professionals of the entity, during this scientific convention parallel actions were carried out "to stimulate interest in quitting smoking to tobacco consumers as well as to create awareness in the population about hazards, which cause human use of cigarettes", by carrying out activities such as: Photography Contest, Painting Contest, Clinical Case Contest, Work Research Contest, Troubadour Contest, Regional Stand Contest, under the motto of the congress & El Tabaco breaking hearts, choosing health & # 39 ;.
According to MINSA data, for more than 10 years, Panama has a comprehensive policy on tobacco control, since 2004 it is part of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), whose implementation is based on the application of various national regulations ranging from resolutions to laws , as in the case of Law 13 dated January 24, 2008.
Some important points of the tobacco control law include: offering smoking cessation programs, 100% smoke-free closed environment (bars, pubs and more), inclusion of health warnings, pictograms and texts on cigarette packages, increased cigarette taxes, (which percentage is transferred to the Ministry of Health for the prevention and treatment of smoking and related diseases).