The Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control

Fact Sheets

International Tobacco Growers exposed

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has updated the story behind the International Tobacco Growers’ Association (ITGA), revealing it as one of the organizations "funded and directed by tobacco companies to influence policy makers and the public in favor of the tobacco industry".

"For example, the ITGA claims to represent and promote the cause of 'millions of tobacco farmers' around the world," says the CTFK fact sheet.

CTFK taxation and price fact sheets

The most effective method to reducing tobacco consumption is to increase the price of tobacco products through tax increases. Higher tobacco prices encourage smokers to quit and prevent youth from starting to smoke.  A 10 per cent increase in cigarette prices reduces overall consumption by about 4 per cent in high-income countries and 8 per cent in low/middle-income countries.

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has released a new set of fact sheets on taxation and price for tobacco products.

Download: the fact sheets from the CTFK website.

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.