Philip Morris makes profit on cigarettes smuggled to Ecuador and now seeks government compensation for these same cigarettes

June 9, 2020

Protecting citizens’ health from the lethal effects of tobacco smoking has been one of the government’s clear priorities in Ecuador. In recent years, the country implemented strict smoke-free policies, mandated large pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs, and trained primary health physicians to provide tobacco cessation support. Moreover, high excise taxes make cigarettes in Ecuador among the least affordable in the region of Americas. These strict measures set Ecuador on a path to reduce smoking prevalence to 5% by 2025.

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