Brazil ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in November 2005. The first wave of the survey is expected to be complete in June 2009.

Country Profile:

Capital City                                                              Brasilia
Population (2008 Estimate)                                196, 342, 592
Life Expectancy (2008 Estimate)                        Men: 68.15 Years, Women: 75.45 Years
Healthy Life Expectancy (2008 Estimate)         Men: 57 Years, Women: 62 Years
Ethnic Groups (2000 census)                            White 53.7%, Mulatto (mixed white and black) 38.5%, Black 6.2%, Other/Unspecified 1.6%
GDP Per Capita PPP (2007)                               $9,500
Median Age                                                             28.3 Years
Literacy                                                                    88.6%

Smoking Prevalence and Related Costs:

• 20.3 % of men and 12.8% of women (18+ years) were current tobacco smokers
• An estimated 200,000 Brazilians a year die from tobacco-related illness
• Tobacco usage costs the Sistema Único de Saúde – SUS (Brazilian National Public Health System) an estimated R$ 338 million

Smoking Policies:

• Brazil ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 3, 2005
• There are no restrictions on smoking in public places
• Product warning labels must cover 50% of the package

ITC Researchers:

Cristina De Abreu Perez
André Szklo
Tania Cavalcante
Liz Mariade Almeida

Brazil policy table

Brazil Contact Information

Janine Ouimet, Project Manager. Email:

Cristina De Abreu Perez, Principal Investigator. Email:

ITC Affiliated Institutions:


• WHO website, CIA World Factbook, MPower Report, Aliança de Controle do Tabagismo
• CIA Factbook- country profile:
• WHO profile-
• Aliança de Controle do Tabagismo-
• Tobacco Free Center- Policy Status-

Click here for the ITC Brazil survey questionnaires»

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