Ranked 9 out of 33

Uruguay

Overall Score: 34

Indicators of Influence

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

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development:

Indicator Score:

2 / 20

The government does not accept, support or endorse any assistance or collaboration with the tobacco industry when setting or implementing public health policies related to tobacco control. The government does not allow or invite the tobacco industry to sit in government interagency committees or advisory groups that set public health policy.

The Uruguay delegation to the COP and other WHO FCTC-related meetings have not included representatives from the tobacco industry.

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities:

Indicator Score:

0 / 20

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities are banned in Uruguay.

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry:

Indicator Score:

3 / 20

There is no evidence that the government accommodates requests from the tobacco industry. From 1998 to 2018 there were general tax benefits for productive investment that also benefited the tobacco industry. However, the benefit related to the tobacco industry was canceled by executive power resolution in May 2018.

International travelers can bring 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco into Uruguay.

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry:

Indicator Score:

0 / 20

Top level government officials do not meet with tobacco companies. Contacts are only made with the tobacco industry if necessary and in the presence of representatives of civil society.

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures:

Indicator Score:

5 / 20

The President and Ministry of Public Health do not meet with the tobacco industry. However, this may not be the case with other departments such as the Ministry of Economy and Finance. There is no regulation establishing a procedure for disclosure if a meeting takes place.

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest:

Indicator Score:

5 / 20

The government does not prohibit contributions from the tobacco industry. There is no evidence that current officials or retired senior government officials have joined the tobacco industry.

No. 7

Preventive measures:

Indicator Score:

19 / 30

The Ministry of Health has a procedure for disclosing the records of interactions with the tobacco industry and its representatives. The government as a whole has not formulated a policy nor adopted any code of conduct for officials in their dealings with the tobacco industry.

Recommendations

These are ways Uruguay can deter interference from the tobacco industry:

Much progress has been made towards tobacco control and addressing tobacco industry interference. However, these efforts can be strengthened further:

  • Adopt a code of conduct that applies to all government officials when dealing with the tobacco industry.
  • Adopt a policy to disallow all forms of contributions or gifts from the tobacco industry, including offers of assistance, policy drafts, or study visits.
  • Require the tobacco industry to submit information on its marketing expenditures and other activities such as lobbying, political contributions and all other activities.

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