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Costa Rica’s Social Security System is going to text you to stop smoking

L. Arias - January 22, 2014

Costa Rica’s Social Security System, or the Caja, wants to reduce the number of people who smoke, as well as the high costs public hospitals incur in…

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Government collects almost $20,000 in fines for smoking

L. Arias - June 3, 2013

In a little more than a year since a new smoking ban in public places took effect, the Health Ministry has collected nearly ₡10 million (some $20,000)…

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Hotel owners to request changes in anti-smoking law

L. Arias - May 22, 2013

The Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) will ask the government to modify the law that prohibits smoking in public places, because hotels, restaurants and casinos have…

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Tobacco company wants overhaul of Costa Rica’s smoking ban

L. Arias - May 29, 2012

The British American Tobacco Company is taking advantage of a time frame for public consultation to ask for changes to an anti-smoking law adopted last March. Felicio…

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No smoking ban in Costa Rican bars, restaurants goes into effect

Matt Levin - March 27, 2012

After Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla signed the Control of Tobacco and its Harmful Effects on Health Bill on Thursday, approving sweeping reforms to Costa Rica’s regulations…

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President signs anti-smoking bill

Matt Levin - March 23, 2012

From the print edition President Laura Chinchilla on Thursday morning signed the Control of Tobacco and its Harmful Effects on Health Bill, approving wide-ranging changes to Costa…

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Costa Rica’s Supreme Court declares anti-smoking bill constitutional

Matt Levin - March 20, 2012

Read the full text of the bill here The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) ruled Tuesday that Costa Rica’s anti-tobacco bill is constitutional. In…