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Global Bridges in Bolivia: Vice-Minister of Health requests smoking cessation national guidelines

By Gustavo Zabert

La Paz, Bolivia September 25, 2013 After two days of training in tobacco dependence treatment at the First National Training Session in the Treatment of Tobacco Dependence for Health Care Providers, it was concluded that the next step would be the development of National Smoking Cessation Guidelines; this information was released by the Vice-Minister of […]

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Highlights from ERS Annual Congress 2013

By Gustavo Zabert

The Global Bridges Initiative was presented during tobacco sessions of the European Respiratory Society Annual Congress. During the discussion, attendees acknowledged the existing gap and a global need in fostering smoking cessation as a public health strategy to tackle the tobacco epidemic. COPD Worldwide and Tobacco Facts Joan B. Soriano, Director of Epidemiology and Clinical […]

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President Tabaré Vazquez Rosas offered a clear message for Tobacco Control Action

By Gustavo Zabert

Buenos Aires, Argentina – August 8th, 2013 In the opening ceremony of the 8th Argentinean Congress of Tobacco or Health & 4th Argentinean- Uruguayan Meeting held in August 8th in Buenos Aires Argentina, the former president of Uruguay (2005-2010), Tabaré Vazquez Rosas, lectured about tobacco control a day after launched his presidential campaign for a second period […]

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Global Bridges actions go beyond our primary goals

By Gustavo Zabert

Buenos Aires, Argentina –  In the 8th Argentinean Congress of Tobacco or Health & 4th Argentinean- Uruguayan Meeting held in August 8th to 10th in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America Global Bridges was one of the participant organizations.  For the third time Global Bridges and IAHF run a Smoking Cessation training session for nurses and […]

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Comentario Sobre un Nuevo Metaanálisis de Efectos Cardiovasculares de la Vareniclina

By Gustavo Zabert

En Julio del 2011 se publico un metaanálisis que indicaba un aumento de eventos cardiovasculares graves en pacientes que recibían vareniclina para dejar de fumar. La publicación de Singh y col en el CAMJ generó preocupación entre la comunidad medica y tuvo una importante repercusión en la prensa (1). La lectura cuidadosa del estudio sugería […]

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New Meta-Analysis Shows Varenicline is Safe

By Gustavo Zabert

In July 2011, Singh et al. published a meta-analysis in the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicating an increase in serious cardiovascular events in patients taking varenicline for smoking cessation (1). This paper raised concern in the medical community and caused quite an impact in the media. In a careful reading of the paper, some details […]

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Global Bridges and InterAmerican Heart Foundation Applaud Brazil’s Global Leadership in Passing New Tobacco Control Law

By Gustavo Zabert

On Dec. 15, 2011, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a comprehensive tobacco control law that aligns with the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and will make Brazil the largest smoke-free country in the world. The law requires all enclosed workplaces and public places to be smoke-free, raises cigarette taxes, adds health […]

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