The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Fact Sheets

INB3 Fact Sheet - Illict trade in MERCOSUR

A major new report from the Centro de Investigacion de la Epidemia de Tabaquismo in Uruguay shows the extent of the illicit trade in tobacco in the MERCOSUR countries: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. 

The report, compiled by economist Alejandro Ramos, based on reports by experts throughout the MERCOSUR region, estimates the total size of the illicit
market in the region in 2007 as 45 billion sticks (cigarettes) every year.

INB3 Fact Sheet: New report on saving revenue and lives

The most authoritative report yet produced on the extent of the global illicit trade in cigarettes has been published, in time to inform discussions on the illicit trade protocol at INB3. The report includes:

  • Updated country level estimates of the illicit cigarette market around the world, using 2007 data or as close to 2007 as available;
  • Evidence that higher income countries, where cigarettes are more expensive, have lower levels of cigarette smuggling than lower income countries, contrary to the tobacco industry claim that the overall level of smuggling is dependent on cigarette price;
  • Evidence that the burden of cigarette smuggling falls disproportionately on low and middle income countries, where the majority of the world's tobacco users live; and
  • Estimates of the number of lives that would be saved and revenue gained globally in the future if smuggling was eliminated.

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INB3 Fact Sheet: Latest South Africa research

New research shows the extent of the illicit trade in cigarettes in South Africa.

A mountain or a molehill: is the illicit trade in cigarettes undermining tobacco control policy in South Africa?”, by South African economist Evan Blecher, shows that by 2007, illicit trade accounted for up to seven percent of the total market in South Africa.

Strong policies prevent industry interference in tobacco control

Strong policies are necessary to prevent the tobacco industry from constantly trying to shape and influence tobacco policy.

Three recently released documents provide evidence and support for such plans by helping to: raise awareness about the tobacco industry’s strategies used when undermining tobacco control efforts; set up systems to monitor tobacco industry activities; and protect against the industry’s interference in policy development, implementation and enforcement.

Fact sheets for tobacco advertising and promotion

The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids has a new list of advertising and promotion fact sheets on its website.

Visit the organisation’s website to learn more about tobacco advertising and promotion in terms of: essential facts, evidence, countering industry arguments and corporate social responsibility.

Factsheets are also available for tobacco advertising and youth in relation to the essential facts, evidence, marketing tactics and harms to youth.

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COP-3 fact sheet: plain packaging

Tobacco packs are designed by tobacco manufacturers to promote tobacco products and undermine the effectiveness of tobacco packaging laws, including laws mandating the display of health warnings and bans on misleading or deceptive information.

Tobacco packs are not simply containers for tobacco products. They should be regulated as the major promotional devices that they are. Tobacco products should be required to be sold in ‘plain packaging’.

Download the full fact sheet in English [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 1.23 MB], French [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 220.39 KB], Spanish [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 218.95 KB], Russian [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 232.36 KB], Arabic [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 322.71 KB], Chinese [Adobe Acrobat PDF - 507.21 KB].