The Ministry of Health (Minsa) held the II International Multidisciplinary Congress on Smoking and Noncommunicable Diseases, with the aim of promoting the prevention of smoking in the population.
Through this activity, Minsa contemplated the training of employees, a thousand technicians and three hundred administrative employees, "to improve the knowledge and skills of health personnel for the integral management of smoking, its prevention and control," as indicated in a statement of the press. .
To raise awareness through continuing education aimed at the professionals of the organization, during this scientific convention parallel actions were taken "to stimulate interest in smoking cessation for tobacco users and raise awareness of the harm to the population. which causes in humans the use of cigarettes ", with the realization of activities such as: Photography Contest, Painting Contest, Clinical Case Contest, Research Works Competition, Troubadour Contest, Regional Contest of Contest, under the motto of El Tobaco breaks hearts, chooses health.
According to MINSA data, for more than 10 years, Panama has a comprehensive tobacco control policy, since since 2004, it has been part of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The implementation is based on the application of various national regulations, from resolutions to laws, as in the case of Law 13 of January 24, 2008.
Some important points in the legal regulation of smoking control include offering smoking cessation programs, 100% smoke-free indoor settings (pubs, pubs, etc.), including health warnings, pictograms, and texts. of the cigarette rate (of which a percentage is passed on to the Ministry of Health for the prevention and treatment of smoking and its related diseases).