Panama evaluates applying Protocol for the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products
• The aim was to improve the knowledge of the participants on the smuggling of tobacco products and their derivatives.
• Also to know how to strengthen the collaboration between the States that ratified the Protocol and the fight to prevent its consumption
During this meeting, the aim was to improve the knowledge on the smuggling of tobacco products and foster cooperation among the parties involved in the Protocol to fight effectively against this activity.
In 2022, it is estimated that there were 153,444 consumers of tobacco products in Panama; "the implementation of this protocol will allow us to strengthen international cooperation and adopt joint measures to prevent and combat the illicit trade of tobacco products", said the general director of Public Health Melva Cruz, during the meeting of the secretariat of the Framework Convention of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Tobacco Control, which was held in Panama.
Panama was one of the 40 countries that ratified the Protocol for the Elimination of Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products by Law # 27 of 2016; the Protocol requires the application of a series of measures aimed at combating the illicit marketing of tobacco products, where the issuance of licenses, the application of controls in free zones and international transit and the implementation of tracking and tracing systems, are a requirement that the States party must comply with.
"The illicit trade of tobacco products not only harms the economy and the legal industry, but also endangers the health of millions of people around the world", said Cruz.
The statistics of 2022 in Panama, reflected that there were 153,444 consumers of tobacco products, representing 5% of the population aged 15 and over, it is estimated that about 2,000 deaths per year in the country are related to tobacco, as eight of the ten main causes of death are associated with the use of these products or exposure to their toxic smoke; according to WHO, tobacco consumption worldwide is responsible for approximately 8 million premature deaths each year."