Guatemalan Anti Tobacco Law will take effect on February 20th

Decree 74-2009 will take effect on February 20th, and will forbid to smoke in any closed public space, among them restaurants, workplaces, and any kind of mass transportation vehicles.

Monday, February 16, 2009 publishes: "The Law for the Creation of Tobacco Smoke Free Spaces contemplates the closing of businesses or fines from $659 to $1317 to employees or owners that don't comply with the measure. Individuals found smoking in public spaces will pay a $66 fine, which equals 10 daily minimum wages for agricultural activities."

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Honduras Passes Anti-Tobacco Bill

June 2010

The Congress of Honduras passed a bill prohibiting smoking in indoor public and private areas.

“Smoking will be allowed in open areas, but only if done 15 meters from any non-smoker persons”, reported Proceso Digital.

The new law will come into force once published in the official government newspaper, and includes specific fines and sanctions.

Smoking bans in place in Guatemala

November 2008

Yesterday Congress approved a law prohibiting smoking in public and private places and established fines for those persons or establishment that do not comply with the law.

In order to create smoke-free environment and to eradicate smoking due to the serious health risks it poses, lawmakers approved the law prohibiting smoking in restaurants, commercial centers, private clubs, sporting areas, elevators, schools, worker places, public transport, and others.

Panama: Products Containing Nonylphenol Banned

November 2014

The Ministry of Health has banned the use and sale of detergents, disinfectants, soaps and other cleaning products, in the food industry, which contain nonylphenol.

From a decision by the Ministry of Health of Panama, published in the official newspaper, La Gaceta:

'... FIRST: Prohibit the use and sale of detergents, disinfectants, soaps and other cleaning products in the food industry which contain nonylphenol. "

El Salvador: Confirmation to Be Given on Ban of Agrochemicals

November 2013

The Legislature will not accept Presidential comments on Act 53 which prohibits the use of agrochemicals, and will only increase the timeframe for their withdrawal.

The Committee on the Environment and Climate Change in Congress has set a deadline of one year for a ban on the sale of the pesticide "Paraquat" and two years for other products.

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