Bolivia: Tobacco control
Although for cultural and economic reasons smoking is not very prevalent in Bolivia, particularly among the native people, publicity for tobacco is increasing, and more youngsters and women in the cities are becoming smokers. In Bolivia, tobacco control activities began in 1983 after a national workshop on tobacco sponsored by the International Union against Cancer. As one of its main recommendations, the National Commission against Tobacco was established on a multisectoral basis recognized by the Ministry of Health. At present, sections in eight of the nine departments of the country promote local activities and coordinate programmes on tobacco control at biannual meetings in the various cities of Bolivia.