People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- November 7, 2011
In October, tobacco giant Philip Morris International (PMI) announced it was closing its operations in Uruguay. The company blamed “excessive tax and regulatory measures and expanded smuggled cigarette market that have damaged profitability”.
But the NGO, Centre for Investigation into the Tobacco Epidemic (CIET), says PMI is simply trying to maximise profits. "PMI has lost no market share in our country (they acknowledge having 21.7 per cent of the market, a percentage that nearly doubles the share of previous years), so its profits certainly did not drop," says a CIET media release.
In 2010, PMI launched a complaint at the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against some of Uruguay's extremely successful tobacco control measures.