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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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CABIESES, Baltica; MUNOZ, Mónica; ZUZULICH, Soledad  and  CONTRERAS, Aixa. How to implement Chile’s new anti-tobacco law within the university. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2008, vol.23, n.5, pp.361-368. ISSN 1680-5348.

On the 16th of May 2006, the Diario Oficial de la República de Chile (Official News of the Republic of Chile), published Law No. 20.105, which modified Law No. 19.419 regarding advertising and consumption of tobacco. Since it entered into force, different institutions and public spaces have had to enact its regulations. The purpose of this article is to share how the new anti-tobacco law is being implemented, with a health promotion angle, by the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). As such, we highlight key findings from a review of the literature on the subject and describe the implementation strategies developed and substantiated in theory as well as by how they address the concerns of the university community. The main accomplishments of the anti-tobacco implementation were: reaching a compromise between the university directorate and the student leaders, who in turn motivated the student body to participate during the large-scale roll-out of the new law; the participation of all of the UC stakeholders; utilizing the varied methods of mass communication; and lastly, providing an opportunity for reflection and analysis for those directly affected: the smokers. The challenge is to evaluate the strategies implemented in the incorporation of the new Chilean anti-tobacco law.

Keywords : student health services; health promotion; tobacco control campaigns; Chile.

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