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ANCT-TL requests the Govt to closely control the circulation of illicit cigarettes

ANCT-TL requests the Govt to closely control the circulation of illicit cigarettes

The Director of ANCT-TL, Sancho Fernandes.Tatoli’s image//Egas Cristovão

DILI, 15 august 2023 (TATOLI)—The National Alliance for Tobacco Control in Timor Leste (ANCT-TL), requested the Government to strengthen supervision over the distribution of illegal cigarettes which are currently being sold on the national market.

ANCT-TL Executive Director, Sancho Fernandes, said that, from the information obtained from traders, many still lack knowledge about illegal cigarettes, and also the law (UU) in retail selling and promoting cigarettes.

“Therefore, we ask monitoring and inspection entities such as ALFANDEGA, PNTL, AIFAESA, General Health Inspection, and related agencies, to strengthen cooperation with ALFANDEGA and PNTL so that illegal transactions at the border can be controlled,” said Director, Sancho Fernandes to journalists through the Media Conference in Kaikoli Dili, this Tuesday.

He added, ANCT-TL also socialized tobacco control laws and traders’ regulations on the selling of tobacco according to Law, no, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 25, with the small vendors.

“We also ask the Ministry of Health (MoH) to continue conducting tobacco outreach to public agencies, especially traders, so they can comply with tobacco controlling regulations,” he explained.

According to Fernandes, TL is a country that has been included in the Tabacco Control Framework Convention (FCTC), after it was redesigned in 2004. And in 2016 the TL Government approved Law No. 14/2016 concerning tobacco control regimes.

So ANCT-TL appealed to traders to comply with the regulations of the Tobacco Law which can provide benefits and profits for tobacco traders.

“We also ask the National Parliament and the Government, to continue to increase the tobacco tax price to contribute to the health of young people and their future,” he said.

This is said to be related to the current increase in non-communicable diseases, which cause around 1,000 deaths every year, and 20% die at a young age.

According to data obtained by ANCT-TL: 22.45% continue to use cigarettes, where it is prohibited, 68.13% smoke in public places, and 71.6% promote tobacco in public places.

Meanwhile, the sale of prohibited tobacco: 63% Surya, 25% ESSE, 42% Arrow Black, and 1000% of these cigarettes are illegally imported from Indonesia.

 

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor : Nelia B.

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