Regulatory News

Cigarettes smuggled from Paraguay to Brazil affect more than the economy with the loss of taxes and damages to competitiveness. A study by the State University of Ponta Grossa, Parana showed that Paraguayan cigarettes have high concentrations of heavy metals, with levels up to 11 times higher than those legally manufactured in Brazil.

Tests also found traces of mouse hair, cockroach legs and mite colonies in Paraguayan cigarettes seized by Brazilian authorities. President of the Brazilian Institute of Competitive Ethics (ETCO) and the National Forum Against Piracy and Illegality (FNCP), Edson Vismona, defends a major joint action to combat cigarette smuggling. "You cannot accept situations like these anymore. It is necessary to promote the union of forces between public power and organized civil society to find solutions to this problem," he said.

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