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World No-Tobacco Day Awards recognizes advancements in Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela

 Washington D.C., May 22, 2020 (PAHO) -- World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Awards for 2020 are being presented to three Bolivian institutions, three Mexican ministries, the Venezuelan Ministry of Health, and a Brazilian doctor for their contributions to tobacco control in their countries. The winners, selected by the World Health Organization (WHO) from nominations received in response to a public call, achieved key advancements for tobacco control in their countries. The awards are part of the global tobacco control efforts that are recognized for World No-Tobacco Day every year.