Colombia bans sales of loose cigarettes, tobacco adverts

July 21, 2011

A ban on sales of loose cigarettes and tobacco advertising went into effect Thursday in Colombia, the health ministry said.

The clampdown is part of an anti-tobacco law approved by Congress in June 2009, following a ban on smoking in enclosed public places in May 2008.

Cigarettes can now only be sold in packets of 10 or more and tobacco companies are no longer allowed to advertise, including on foreign TV channels broadcasting in the country.

All must also carry health warnings.

At least five million adults out of a population of some 46 million are regular smokers in Colombia, according to official estimates.

Some 25,000 people die each year from one or some of the 15 types of cancer linked to cigarette smoking, anti-tobacco law supporter Senator Dilian Francisca Toro told Caracol radio.

Last May, the multi-national group British American Tobacco acquired Protabaco, the second largest cigarette company in Colombia, for $452 million.

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Older people getting smarter, but not fitter

August 31, 2015

Older populations are scoring better on cognitive tests than people of the same age did in the past —a trend that could be linked to higher education rates and increased use of technology in our daily lives, say IIASA population ...

Higher intelligence score means better physical performance

August 14, 2015

New research reveals a distinct association between male intelligence in early adulthood and their subsequent midlife physical performance. The higher intelligence score, the better physical performance, the study reveals. ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

Shootist
not rated yet Jul 22, 2011
Forget Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, there are two types of people in the world, those who wish to control the actions of others, and those who have no such desire.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.