The Ministry of Health (Ms.) organized the II International Multidisciplinary Congress to combat smoking and non-communicative diseases in order to prevent the use of tobacco in the population.
Through this activity, Ms handled training of partners, one thousand technicians and over three hundred administrative staff "by improving the knowledge and skills of health personnel in the overall management of smoking, prevention and control", as stated in the press release. .
In order to increase awareness of the community through continuous training aimed at community professionals, parallel actions were undertaken during this scientific agreement in order to promote an interest in ending smoking among tobacco consumers and raise public awareness about the disadvantage of cigarette smoking, such as: photography competition, painting competition, competition in the case studies, competition in the research project, Troubadour competition, regional stand-up competition, motto of congress "El Tabaco breaks the hearts, chooses health".
According to MINSA data, Panama has, for more than 10 years, been a comprehensive anti-smoking policy since it is part of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) since 2004, which is implemented on a number of national instruments ranging from resolutions to species such as January 2008 24 on the 24th Law.
The most important aspects of the legal regulation of tobacco control include the provision of programs to stop smoking, the 100% non-smoking enclosed environment (bars, pubs and other), the inclusion of health warnings, pictograms and texts. Cigarette packs, increase in tobacco smoke (of which percentage is transferred to the Ministry of Health for Prevention and Treatment of Smoking and Related Diseases ).