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April 06, 2016

As a Global Bridges regional director, Dr. Zabert and his team will lead activities to grow the network and advance tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco control policies across the region. The Latin American region consists of 33 countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

The IAHF was formed in 1992 to promote an environment throughout the Americas that is conducive to the prevention of heart disease and stroke; to promote the growth and development of foundations that will take active roles in public and professional education, public advocacy and fundraising; and to foster partnerships among health professionals, business, industry and other sectors of society for the accomplishment of its mission and goals. The IAHF is a leading force in tobacco control research and advocacy throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

About half of these countries have government objectives regarding tobacco control, and three-quarters of them have an agency identified to pursue tobacco control. Only 26 of the 33 countries have ratified the WHO's Framework Convention for Tobacco Control, and staffing and funding support for tobacco programs vary. Dr. Zabert and the IAHF will work to improve the availability of effective tobacco dependence treatment throughout the region.

Source: Mayo Clinic