The taste of smoke: tobacco industry strategies to prevent the prohibition of additives in tobacco products in Brazil.


Andre Luiz Oliveira da Silva


CESTEH, Escola Nacional de Saude Publica Sergio Arouca, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil [Email]


The tobacco industry (TI) uses several strategies to attract new consumers, including using additives in tobacco products, which makes tobacco especially attractive to youth. Based on scientific evidence and the principles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA, for the name in Portuguese), published the Collegiate Board Resolution (RDC, for the name in Portuguese) 14/2012 in 2012, prohibiting the addition of substances that enhance the flavour and taste of tobacco products in order to make them more attractive. In response, the TI used various strategies to prevent RDC 14/2012 from entering into force. At the time, the Brazilian additive ban was the most comprehensive in the world as it included a ban on menthol.


smoking prevention,tobacco flavours,tobacco industry,tobacco product additives,who framework convention on tobacco control (fctc),