Lao PDR

Lao PDR

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Global Tobacco Index Score
2021
72
Rank 62
2020
73
Rank 29
2019
68
Rank 22
INDICATORS
Level of Participation in Policy-Development
11 12 9
Tobacco Industry-related Corporate Social Responsibility activities
0 0 0
Benefits given to the Tobacco Industry
8 8 8
Unnecessary Interaction between Government and Industry
15 15 15
Measures for Transparency
8 8 8
Preventing Conflicts of Interest
11 11 9
Measures that prevent Industry Influence
19 19 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.