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Smoking in Brazil

The prevalence of current tobacco smoking has been decreasing in the general population in Brazil, from 25% in 2000 to 14% in 2015, with a further decrease to 10% projected by 2025. The decreasing trend in smoking prevalence for men went from 30% in 2000 to 18.5% in 2015, with a further decrease to 14% projected by 2025. For women it has decreased from 20% in 2000 to 11% in 2015, with a further decrease to 7% projected by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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May 01, 2024 by

‘Quit Like Sweden’ Launched

International health experts back the global initiative Quit Like Sweden, inspired by Sweden's success in eradicating smoking, to prevent premature deaths worldwide. The initiative promotes adopting safer alternatives like snus and vapes to achieve smoke-free status. Research indicates that replicating Sweden's approach can save millions of lives globally, with Brazil potentially saving 1.4 million lives through similar strategies. The founder, Suely Castro, aims to empower individuals worldwide to take control of their health by embracing harm reduction practices to combat smoking-related diseases.

April 24, 2024 by

Brazil upholds ban on e-cigarette sales

Brazil's Anvisa board maintained the ban on e-cigarette sales due to concerns about increasing use among youth, lack of long-term health studies, and addictive potential. Anvisa emphasized the need for stricter enforcement and educational campaigns against vaping. The Brazilian Medical Association supported the ban, citing the risks of nicotine and toxic substances in vapes on lung health. Conversely, the tobacco industry criticized the decision, arguing that regulation, not prohibition, is the solution. The debate continues in the Senate on regulating electronic cigarettes in Brazil. Despite pressure from manufacturers, Anvisa stands firm on the vape ban, aligning with WHO recommendations.

February 27, 2024 by

Brazilian E-cigarette Public Consultation: over 13,000 Suggestions Received

Anvisa of Brazil concluded a public consultation on e-cigarettes, receiving over 13,000 suggestions, including 92 from foreign countries like Canada and the United States. The agency is revising regulations, prompted by a bill proposing strict restrictions on e-cigarette products. Data shows 6 million adult smokers in Brazil have tried e-cigarettes, with 2.2 million regular users. Public feedback will heavily influence future e-cigarette policies in the country.

February 09, 2024 by

Why Brazil should drop its vape prohibition proposal

The Brazilian government is proposing a prohibition of vapes and heated tobacco products. This consultation response sets out why this will protect the cigarettes trade, promote smoking, nurture criminal networks and do more harm than good. I just responded to the latest (of many) Brazilian consultations on its plans to prohibit vapes and heated tobacco products, which its regulator wrongly refers to as “Electronic Smoking Devices. ”

January 04, 2024 by


LATAM FIGHT FOR SAFER PRODUCTS | With Ignacio Leiva and Alexandro Lucian

December 01, 2023 by

PART 2: WHAT NEXT FOR BRAZIL? | Featuring Alexandro Lucian

In part two of our Brazil special, Alexandro Lucian walks us through the mayhem of black market vaping sales in Brazil amidst calls for reform of the blanket vaping ban currently in place.

November 28, 2023 by

BRAZIL'S THR HEADACHE | Alexandro Lucian discusses the way forward for Brazil's vaping activists

Brazilian tobacco harm reduction (THR) activists face an uphill battle against the combined efforts of vaping bans, well funded anti-THR messaging and nicotine misinformation. In today's episode, we're joined by Alexandro Lucian to find out if there's a way forward for THR in Brazil.

November 14, 2023 by

Vaping In Brazil With Alexandro “Hazard” Lucian

[...] Alberto Gomez Hernandez, takes us on a journey through the vaping scene in Brazil, featuring a thought-provoking conversation with Alexandro “Hazard” Lucian, the driving force behind Vapor Aqui. In this episode, explore the maze of vaping regulations in Brazil, shedding light on how decisions made within its borders might set precedents for the wider Latin American region.

July 18, 2023 by

Anti-Vape Propaganda Finds a Home in Brazil’s Medical Cannabis Industry

On June 27, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies rolled out the Portuguese translation of Transform Drug Policy’s How to Regulate Cannabis: A Practical Guide. It covers social equity taxation, in the context of making reparations for communities harmed by Brazil’s punitive cannabis policies. That same day, prominent right-wing magazine Veja claimed that the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) was about to restrict importation of cannabis flower—in part by citing misinformation about smoking and vaping medical cannabis products.

September 02, 2022 by

Brazilian Justice Ministry cracks down on e-cigarette retail sales

The Justice Ministry on Thursday ordered 33 Brazilian businesses to suspend e-cigarette sales. They have 48 hours to comply or face daily fines of BRL 5,000 (USD 960). E-cigarettes have been banned in Brazil since 2009, but they can easily be bought in supermarkets, tobacconists, and online. [...] In July, federal health regulator Anvisa voted to uphold the country's e-cigarette ban.