The Tobacco Pack Surveillance System’s (TPackSS) goal is to monitor whether required health warnings on tobacco packages are being implemented as intended, and to identify pack design features and marketing appeals that might violate or detract from country tobacco packaging requirements. An additional feature of the surveillance system is a record of the purchase, which includes price. This information allows us to monitor pricing changes in countries we revisit.
Tobacco is a development issue: tobacco use shortens productive lives and inflicts costs that individuals and societies can ill-afford. The packs we collect tell the story of a staggeringly cheap, under taxed, omnipresent product, designed and priced to appeal to every taste and budget. Each pack sold and consumed impedes a sustainable future.