ANCT-TL: TL lacked the implementation of the Tabaco control decree law

ANCT-TL: TL lacked the implementation of the Tabaco control decree law


DILI, 27 january 2023 (TATOLI)– Timor-Leste National Tobacco Control Alliance (ANCT-TL) revealed that Timor-Leste has not fully implemented the Government Decree no 14/2016 concerning Tobacco Control.

The statement was made by ANCTL-TL following a survey identified by ANCT-TL which identified that 70% of small stores in 12 municipalities used tobacco promotional items for commercialization.

President of ACT-TL, Sancho Belito Fernandes said, this research was conducted with the main objective of finding the implementation of the tobacco control decree law number 14/2016 article 19 concerning tobacco prohibition, article 21 focused sponsorship, and 22 information and campaigns.

“Research was conducted in 995 stores, out of this number, 712 shops or 70% small shops and several street vendors continue to use tobacco promotional items for commercialization,” said ACT-TL President, Sancho Belito Fernandes to Tatoli in Esperanza meeting room, Ai mutin , Friday.

These items consist of stickers, banners, hats, T-shirts, lighters, and others.

According to Fernandes, only 14 to 20% are committed to complying with Government Regulations on Tobacco Control.

“ANT-TL also identified 283 shops 14% -20% not using tobacco commercialization promotional items in Baucau, Ainaro, and Lospalos,” he said.

Meanwhile, AIFAESA Sub-Inspector, Dionísio Neto Da Silva, said that AIFAESA also carried out activities to control illicit cigarettes.

“AIFAESA has conducted operations in more than 41,000 stores in 2018. By 2022, AIFAESA has processed 45 stores committed to the commercialization of illicit cigarettes,” said Da Silva

So far in 2018, the tobacco tax was 19 USD per kilogram, but in 2021 the tax increased to 50 USD while in 2022 it increased to $0.100 per kilogram.

ASEAN data shows that in 2015 Timor-Leste recorded 70% of tobacco consumption whoever with the implementation of the new decree-law on Tobacco, in 2020 Timor-Leste’s tobacco consumption decreased to 39.1%.


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Nelia B.


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