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Smoking in Paraguay

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Paraguay. Smoking prevalence was 30% overall in 2000 and declined to 14% in 2015, with a further drop to 8.5% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 44% in 2000 to 22% in 2015, with a further decrease to 14% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 15% in 2000; this decreased to around 5% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to under 3% 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 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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December 17, 2018 by

How Paraguay dumps billions of illicit cigarettes on the global market

On Sep. 25, 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products entered into force. According to the WHO, illicit trade refers to “any practice or conduct prohibited by law and which relates to production, shipment, receipt, possession, distribution, sale or purchase, including any practice or conduct intended to facilitate such activity.”

Most research on the illicit tobacco trade so far has focused on the role of transnational tobacco companies. [...]