|Not advertising? A young boy mans a sidewalk sales stand offering candies and cigarettes, which are featured in a slick display ad.|
|Why did this street vendor open these cigarette cartons? |
How else could she sell smokes by the stick?
So, with today's headlines reporting that the world's cancer deaths will double - and many of those from tobacco in developing nations like Colombia - why doesn't Colombia bother to enforce its own tobacco control laws?
|Yesterday's El Tiempo:|
'World cancer cases to double in 20 years.'
The law also prohibited the sale of cigarettes 'by the stick,' or as 'loosies.' That part has simply been ignored, by both street vendors and the police. For proof, just take a look at any street vendor, whose open cigarette boxes are next to candies - convenient for teenagers who have only a few hundred pesos in their pockets.
|What, me advertise?|
Today, someone observed to me, borrowing from Noam Chomsky, that tobacco kills far more people and is far more addictive than is cocaine. But, while the US finances coca leaf erradication in Colombia, it has, at least in the past, helped the tobacco industry. For that matter, many Colombian cigarettes are made and marketed by U.S. companies.
|A vendor advertises cigarettes and sells loosies near the entrance to the Universidad del Rosario, in La Candelaria.|
|A street vendor in central Bogotá sells cigarettes by the stick.|
|Sensual smoking in Shakira's latest video. The singer has a foundation for poor kids, but perhaps their health isn't so important.|