Confronting Illicit Tobacco Trade: A Global Review of Country Experiences

February 1, 2019

Report-tobacco-780-illicit-tradeThe World Bank has recently released a new report on "Confronting Illicit Tobacco Trade: A Global Review of Country Experiences".  The report demonstrates that reducing illicit trade in tobacco products is critical whether viewed from the perspective of public health, public finance, governance, or equity.

This publication presents country and regional case studies, covering over 30 countries, including:
- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Trinidad and Tobago: Regional Reports on Illicit Tobacco Trade
- Chile: Tackling the Illicit Tobacco Trade
- Colombia: Illicit Cigarette Trade
- Ecuador: Addressing Illicit Tobacco Trade
- Mexico: Controlling the Illicit Cigarette Trade
- Uruguay: Tackling Illicit Tobacco Trade

Tobacco Tax Network of the Americas (RITA)

October 31, 2018

181101ritactfkimageengAs of today, the official website of the Tobacco Tax Network of the Americas (RITA) is available, a new space to share information on tobacco tax issues in our region. We invite you to browse it here:

It is a public web page where you will find the most relevant bibliography on the subject, the latest news about taxes, interviews with experts in fiscal policy and other relevant information to promote this measure in our countries.

The page also has direct access to the forum of the virtual network of RITA, of which several of you are part. It is important to clarify that this virtual forum (unlike the new site) is still closed only to its members and is an important space to share information that is not necessarily of a public nature.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Entry into Force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Product

180627protocolilicittradeactiveOn 27 June 2018, the conditions for the entry into force of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products were met with the ratification of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. As such, the required 40 Parties to the Protocol was reached, for its entry into force on September 25, 2018. This achievement is a milestone in the history of tobacco control internationally.

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World No Tobacco Day 2018: Tobacco and heart disease

Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

Web story 630x330 EnglishThe focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease." The campaign will increase awareness on the:

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During the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Cape Town, Vital Strategies launched a global campaign to separate the tobacco industry from its associates that make their work possible, especially advertising agencies.

We call on non-profit organizations and companies with a health mission to commit to not working with the tobacco industry or advertising agencies that help and encourage the industry's effort to engage a new generation of tobacco users. You can make your promise here.

quitbigtabacoimageThe campaign was launched with a website and on social media, #QuitBigTobacco. The idea is to expose these affiliations and press marketing and advertising agencies to abandon their relationships with the tobacco industry. We urge all of you to amplify the campaign by making the promise and sharing our materials on social networks.

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CTFK Plain Packaging Toolkit

A practical guide to policy development, drafting the law and overcoming tobacco industry opposition.

plainpackage2014-February-4-2-F1.largePlain packaging of tobacco is a common sense policy that removes the promotional, marketing and advertising features on packs of tobacco, but leaves the health warnings, tax stamps and other features required by government.

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The Dominican Republic demands 100% smoke free environmentsStodomingo100libretabaco
One quarter of deaths due to second-hand smoke are in children.

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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2017
Monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies

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Tobacco Companies Marketing Flavored Cigarettes to Appeal to Children in LAC
Multinational tobacco companies are marketing a new generation of highly flavored tobacco products that appeal to kids.

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'Civil Society Led Tobacco Control Advocacy in the Caribbean - The experiences of the Jamaica Coalition for Tobacco Control (JCTC)'

Best practices of the JCTC and other Caribbean civil society organization in the implementation of tobacco control measures within the region.

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Infartos bajan casi 8% al año tras implementación de Ley de Tabaco

Expertos de la U. de Chile y el MIT publicaron estudio que revela reducción de casos desde 2013. Prohibición de fumar en espacios cerrados fue clave según investigación.  Una de las medidas que incorporó la Ley de Tabaco de 2013 fue la prohibición de fumar en espacios cerrados accesibles al público. Para conocer el impacto de esta norma, investigadores de la U. de Chile y del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT) analizaron la evolución de los ataques cardíacos antes y después de la entrada en vigencia de la normativa, en 2013.

Los expertos concluyeron que los infartos se redujeron 7,8% al año, lo que equivale a unos 764 casos menos en el mismo periodo, según detallan en su estudio publicado en el Boletín de la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS).  Vea el reporte completo en

Uruguay's victory over the tobacco industry sets a world precedent
July 8, 2016
"We have proven before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes that our country, without violating any treaty, remains committed to our irrevocable commitment to defending the health of its people", said President Tabaré Vázquez.  All of the arguments put forth by the tobacco industry were rejected by an international business arbitration tribunal.  To read more (in Spanish) click here.