Ranked 61 out of 80


Overall Score: 71

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Indicators of Influence

These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in Ecuador.

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development

Indicator Score:

13 / 20

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

8 / 20

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry

Indicator Score:

12 / 20

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures

Indicator Score:

7 / 20

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest

Indicator Score:

6 / 20

No. 7

Preventive measures

Indicator Score:

21 / 30


Ecuador must apply the following recommendations in order to fully implement WHO FCTC Article 5.3 and its guidelines.

  • Strengthen current policies for avoiding tobacco industry intervention within the State branches of power, CILA and other interagency and cross sectorial coordination activities on tobacco control.
  • Propose an amendment in current legislation for adding more topics which the tobacco industry is not allowed to contribute to, including its so-called CSR contributions.
  • Propose a draft of a Presidential Decree prohibiting attendance at social functions and other events sponsored or organized by tobacco companies or those furthering its interests, for all government officials at all levels.
  • Propose an amendment in current legislation for prohibiting agreements between the State branches of power and the tobacco industry.
  • Disclose all information related to meetings/interactions with the tobacco industry in cases where such interactions are strictly necessary for regulation.
  • Propose an amendment in current legislation requiring rules of disclosure or registration of tobacco industry entities, affiliated organizations and individuals acting on their behalf including lobbyists or public affairs officers.
  • Propose an amendment in current legislation for prohibiting contributions from the tobacco industry or any entity working to further its interests to political parties, candidates or campaigns or for requiring full disclosure of such contributions.
  • Determine a procedure for disclosing the records of the interaction between the State branches of power and the tobacco industry and its representatives.
  • Establish a code of conduct for public officials, prescribing the standards with which they should comply in their dealings with the tobacco industry.
  • Strengthen current process for requesting information on tobacco production, imports, manufacturing, supply chain, market share, marketing expenditures, revenues and any other activity, including lobbying, philanthropy, political contributions and all other activities.
  • Establish a consistent monitoring process of information submitted by the tobacco industry, in order to take timely action.
  • Implement a program for raising awareness on Article 5.3 and about tobacco industry interference among State branches of power, especially the ones involved in tobacco control.

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