Smoking Ban in Chile Reduces Cigarette Consumption

 

In 2013, Chile’s legislative body prohibited smoking in all enclosed public places such as bars, restaurants and stadiums. The tobacco market in Chile is enormous, with smokers in the country lighting up 8 times a day on average, and the ban has had a huge effect on the market, reducing consumption of cigarettes in the country by 7 percent from 2012 to 2013. The Chilean government has also heavily taxed cigarettes and passed a law outlawing additives that may increase addiction with the purpose of reducing the amount of money spent on health care. In response to these taxes, tobacco companies are releasing new economy and basic brands of cigarettes.

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