A Dangerous Expansion

1 in every 9 cigarettes smoked worldwide is illegal—a global scourge that undermines tobacco control efforts while reinforcing the power of organized crime.

Since the 1960s, Paraguay has been a key player in the illicit tobacco trade, spurring the rise of the tobacco company Tabesa. The firm lies at the heart of the country’s illicit tobacco trade in South America. Now, Tabesa is eyeing worldwide expansion.

The case of Paraguay underlines the public health dangers posed by “local companies aspiring to compete with transnational companies,” and the importance of enforcing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

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