List of Countries

Lao PDR

Global Tobacco Index Score
73
Indicator 1 (I1): The industry's participation in policy development
12
Indicator 2 (I2): Tobacco industry-related corporate social responsibility activities
0
Indicator 3 (I3): Benefits given to the tobacco industry
8
Indicator 4 (I4): Unnecessary interaction between government and industry
15
Indicator 5 (I5): Measures for transparency
8
Indicator 6 (I6). Preventing conflicts of interest
11
Indicator 7 (I7). Measures that prevent industry influence
19

Lao PDR has been a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) since December 5, 2006. It has the Law on Tobacco Control, which is the main legislation encompassing tobacco control measures smoking in public spaces, tobacco advertising and promotions, and packaging and labeling of tobacco products. A key challenge in implementing tobacco control is the government’s interest in the industry: the government has a 25-year investment agreement with Imperial Tobacco (ILA), which caps tobacco tax increases and provides incentives to ILA, the dominant player in the cigarette market.